The Florida teachers union filed a lawsuit Monday asking to delay the start of the school year and to re-evaluate the “reckless and unsafe reopening” of public schools for in-person classes.
“Governor DeSantis needs a reality check, and we are attempting to provide one,” said Florida Education Association President Fedrick Ingram at a press conference. “The governor needs to accept the reality of the situation here in Florida, where the virus is surging out of control.”
“Everyone wants schools to reopen, but we don’t want to begin in-person teaching, face an explosion of cases and sickness, then be forced to return to distance learning,” Ingram added.
The suit was filed in state circuit court in Miami against DeSantis, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
State education chief Corcoran, a former Republican House Speaker, announced on July 6 that state public schools would reopen in August. He later walked back the order saying he recommended that school districts offer 180 days of instruction and that schools would submit their own plans to reopen based on local conditions, encouraging districts to offer “complete flexibility” to parents.
Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools said it was too early to say whether school would reopen on Aug. 24 for the district’s 350,000 public school students.
In Florida, more than 10,000 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus per day have been reported in the state for 12 days running. The state has reported a total of 360,400 cases and 10,347 deaths. The average daily rate has been 114 deaths per day for the past week.
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