• Lakey Love

Florida COVID Action Network fights mandate to reopen schools

Updated: Jan 6

Coalition partners, teachers, students, and parents across the state protest Governor DeSantis and FDOE Education Commissioner Brick and Mortar Mandate

Students, parents, teachers, doctors speak out in front of Florida Department of Education to demand Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran #RescindTheMandate and allow local authorities to decide for a #SafeReturnToSchools


"The blood of our children is on the hands of the Commissioner (Corcoran) and the Governor (DeSantis)... To do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result is nothing more than insanity. It suggests to us that the Department of Education, the Commissioner, and perhaps our Governor, lack something called "common sense".
- Adner Marcelin, Tallahassee President of the NAACP

August 21, 2020 - Florida COVID Action Network and partners across the state including Florida People's Advocacy Center, Physicians for Social Responsibilty of Florida, Florida National Organization for Women, STRIVE, Reds in Ed, Florida People's Advocacy Center, WWP-Central Gulf Coast, Tallahassee Community Action Committee, PSL Central Gulf Coast, and Central Gulf Coast People's Council


TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran continue to push for brick and mortar opening of schools in Florida and making financial threats to withhold public tax dollars from local school boards for education despite the following:


1) Florida has lost over 9500 residents to COVID-19 since March 2020, 2) in the last two weeks Florida has had a positivity rate between 13.49% and 9.17% for those tested, 3) over 32,000 teachers stand in opposition to Commissioner Corcoran's executive order forcing brick and mortar opening in August, 4) counties with the largest populations in the state are asking for local rule on how and when schools reopen, 5) Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary injunction to keep the state from forcing brick and mortar schools to reopen in August, 6) important health institutions such as Harvard’s Global Health Institute have recommended that schools in red zones reopen digitally until positive test case percentages in districts are below 5%.


Furthermore, in his desire to appease President Trump and force the reopening of brick and mortar schools, Governor DeSantis has instructed local health departments to remain quiet and refuse “recommendations” to local school boards to ensure that Tallahassee is calling the shots.


DeSantis and Corcoran’s executive mandate and their forced silence of local and state health officials while people are dying en masse is the worst kind of government overreach. It is anti-democratic and it strips local school boards and policymakers of the ability to work collaboratively with communities and scientists to find a solution that works best to save lives, reduce the spread of COVID-19, and protect the most economically vulnerable.

Forced brick and mortar opening must be stopped. DeSantis and Corcoran must rescind the executive mandate and give power back to the people to protect their own families and their own lives.


Forced brick and mortar opening must be stopped. DeSantis and Corcoran must rescind the executive mandate and give power back to the people to protect their own families and their own lives.

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