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FLORIDA: Judge Again Sides With Teachers, Against DeSantis On Opening Schools

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The “stay” issued when a Leon County Judge this week declared Florida’s demand that schools open for in-person education, or lose funding, has been vacated. It is a huge victory for the Florida Education Association — the organization that includes more than 150,000 educators in the state.

A highlight from the order written by Hon. Charles Dodson, which you can read in its entirety below: “the Court finds that the harm which would arise if the automatic stay is permitted to remain in place is irreparable and incapable of being remedied through money damages. On the other hand, any injury to Defendants (Florida. Dept. of Education) would be negligible if the temporary injunction remains in effect during the pendency of further proceedings.”

To recap: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran ordered school districts in Florida to open for “in-person” education, or risk losing significant funding provided by the State of Florida. The Florida Education Association sued, saying that’s unconstitutional. A judge agreed earlier in the week and said the opening decision should be based on local health metrics, not the Dept. of Education.

In Palm Beach County, there is significant friction between the Board of County Commissioners and the School Board — two separate governing bodies. The School Board has voted to open schools for in-person learning one week after Palm Beach County moves to Phase 2 of the “reopening plan.” Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner has stated repeatedly that the School Board should not tie its opening to what the county does or doesn’t do. He said opening schools just days after the county permits more businesses to open or increase capacity may lead to increased COVID-19 spread.


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1 thought on “FLORIDA: Judge Again Sides With Teachers, Against DeSantis On Opening Schools

  1. This is b.s…..I’ve been working from home since before covid and going crazy….this is a LONG day for kids to be sitting behind a computer in their home …NOT HAPPY….Their mental health is at risk..Give them some normalcy 😡 This Covid is totally blown out of proportion with fake numbers and people testing positive (some HAD it …never showed symptoms…and they add to the “positive numbers” not indicating they were FINE….😡
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