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Florida Education Association files emergency hearing to delay reopening of schools

Association accused the state of violating a constitutional requirement for safe and secure schools

The Florida Education Association hopes a judge will delay the reopening of schools for in-person instruction.

The labor union filed an emergency hearing on Aug. 3 to block reopening brick and mortar schools while a lawsuit against the state is pending.

[CLICK HERE TO READ EMERGENCY MOTION]

On July 20, the Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Board of Education.

The association accused the state of violating a constitutional requirement for safe and secure schools.

The largest teacher union statewide claims students and teachers cannot be guaranteed protection amid the coronavirus pandemic. A special virtual meeting is scheduled for Aug. 5, at 1 p.m ahead of schools reopening.

Plaintiffs named in the lawsuit include teachers and some paraprofessionals.

Ladara Royal is a middle school resource dean with Orange County Public Schools and is one of the plaintiffs named in the lawsuit.

“I never in my life would have ever dreamed that I would be part of a suit against a whole state, especially Florida,” Royal said.

A hearing is set for Thursday at 11 a.m. The state has requested a motion to transfer the venue.

Some Florida school districts are slated to reopen their physical locations as early as Aug. 10.


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