IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON PALM BEACH COUNTY UNCLEAR. ONLINE LEARNING STILL SET FOR NEXT MONDAY.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — DEVELOPING STORY — A judge in Leon County, Florida, just struck down the Florida Department of Education order requiring schools to open for “in person learning” or face a reduction in state-provided education funds.
The Florida Education Association — the teachers’ union and association representing 140,000 educators in Florida — tweeted this:
“FEA appreciates that Judge Dodson has granted our motion for a temporary injunction against Commissioner Corcoran’s executive order. Districts’ hands will not be tied as we continue the fight to protect students and educators in our public schools.”
Palm Beach County School District Spokesperson Claudia Shea provided this statement to BocaNewsNow.com:
“The School District of Palm Beach County is analyzing the Order and its potential impact locally.”
On social media, School Board member Debra Robinson MD, wrote: “I am doing a happy dance!!! Remember, the board passed 6-1 the reopening plan that says we go back into the school building 1 week after the governor moves PBC to phase 2. This far from perfect plan was designed to make the governor happy and get a plan approved, not to mention to keep the 20-percent of the school district budget that was threatened by Tally! At least this judge realizes that school boards were elected to make such decisions, and you elected ME and I said NO — I will not knowingly put students, staff, families and community at risk!”
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It is now unclear if the Palm Beach County School District will open “brick and mortar” learning just seven days after Palm Beach County is elevated to “phase 2,” something expected to happen this week or early next week.
Palm Beach County School District leaders are expected to hold a news conference tomorrow morning (Tuesday) to discuss the reopening plan. That news conference was set before today’s ruling.
The Florida Education Association sought the order after Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, seemingly at the request of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, told schools they had to open for “in person” learning or face losing significant state funding for education.
The Judge’s ruling suggests that’s not legal.
It was not immediately clear what action, if any, the Florida Department of Education next intends to take.
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