(FamilyRetirementClub.com)- The second biggest teachers union in the United States is so desperate to stop teachers from going back to work that it is suing Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis. The teachers union filed the lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to stop the state administration from reopening schools and letting children go back to a normal education environment in August.
The lawsuit was filed by the American Federation of Teachers as well as the Florida Education Association. The suit alleges that DeSantis and his administration is violating the constitutional requirement in Florida for public education to be “safe” and “secure.” The lawsuit also alleges that opening up the schools and letting children get a quality education is “reckless and unsafe.”
The teachers union also says that allowing children to go back to school would put them at risk, and accelerate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. This, despite the fact that children are understood to be the least at risk when it comes to the Chinese coronavirus.
President of the Florida Education Association Fedrick Ingram said, “Governor DeSantis needs a reality check, and we are attempting to provide one.”
“The governor needs to accept the reality of the situation here in Florida, where the virus is surging out of control,” he added.
Ingram said that “everyone wants schools to reopen,” which is an assertion some would question given that the teachers unions are adamantly opposed to reopening them. He also said that his union prefers distance learning for children, arguing that the Florida Constitution “demands that public schools be safe.”
The suit was filed in the Circuit Court of Miami, and is intended to block the order and allow local health departments and school superintendents to decide when the schools reopen. The defendants in the case are listed as the Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and the Florida Department of Education.
DeSantis told the press on Monday that he didn’t issue an executive order to reopen the schools, arguing that the decision was made by the Department of Education.
“Obviously, if you look at the epidemic, it’s more severe in some parts than others, and I think you should recognize that,” he added.
The governor said he thinks parents should be given a say on what they think is best for their children, whether that’s normal in-class schooling or virtual learning. If parents had that choice, however, you know the teachers wouldn’t be happy with the result.