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Florida's Largest Teachers Union Filed a Lawsuit Against State Over School Reopening Amid Coronavirus

Florida's Largest Teachers Union Filed a Lawsuit Against State Over School Reopening Amid Coronavirus
Ron DeSantis

The largest teachers union in Florida filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday over his administration's push to fully reopen all public schools next month, even as the number of coronavirus cases in the state is spiking in an uncontrollable manner.

The lawsuit, filed in state circuit court, names several defendants: DeSantis, state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the state Education Department and the State Board of Education. The legal filing is sure to escalate a nationwide political debate over reopening schools amid the pandemic.

The Florida Education Association accused DeSantis and other state officials of violating a state constitutional mandate to keep public schools "safe and secure." The union asked a state court in Miami to halt the governor's reopening edict.
 
Protesters heckled DeSantis during a news conference Monday afternoon in Orlando, with some demonstrators shouting, "Shame on you!"  

"Gov. DeSantis needs a reality check, and we are attempting to provide one," Florida Education Association President Fedrick Ingram said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. "The governor needs to accept the reality of the situation here in Florida, where the virus is surging out of control."

Florida is witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases, reporting more than 10,000 new cases on Monday alone.

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