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Judge denies state's request to dismiss Florida Education Association lawsuit concerning schools

Union seeks to give local districts discretion to reopen
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Posted at 2:55 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 15:25:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorneys representing the Florida Education Association and the state argued Friday about the safety of opening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During the hearing, a judge denied the motion to dismiss a Florida Education Association lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's department of education.

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According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff seeks to give local districts the discretion to reopen physical school sites without the risk of losing funding.

A hearing for a temporary injunction is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:30.

In the meantime, attorneys representing both sides will begin a process of mediation starting on Monday. In July, the state issued an executive order requiring public schools to open this month.

The FEA is seeking a court declaration that the defendant’s mandate that schools physically reopen, goes against the state’s constitution, including the guarantee to provide a safe and secure public education system.