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Saturday, August 15, 2020

The ZOOM Lawsuit to decide the fate of teachers and students

This is surreal. The state is holding the lawsuit to see if Local districts have control over education or the state does is being held over ZOOM.

I am confused why the judge didn't just say, well as long as we have to have court through zoom, we should have school through zoom too.

Corcoran and DeSantis are attempting to usurp the authority of districts and force them to do what they want them to do, not what the local supers and boards think is best, and nowhere is this more evident than in Hillsborough county.

From the Tampa Times, 

Hillsborough County school officials were up against a deadline. 

State officials had instructed them to revise their reopening plan or lose millions in funding. The School Board’s vote to start the year with four weeks of virtual lessons to lessen the chance of coronavirus infections didn’t meet state expectations. Plus thousands of teachers and more than 200,000 students were in limbo. 

So on Thursday, superintendent Addison Davis announced a new timetable: The school year will begin Aug. 24 with all-virtual instruction. Then, for those who choose it, in-person school will begin a week later.

The state's strategy seems to be delay, delay, delay. First, they wanted a change of venue, then they wanted to dismiss. Now having survived the motion to dismiss we go to mediation while more and more teachers and students go back into dangerous situations and all this happens on zoom. ZOOM!!! It's like an episode of the Twilight Zone. 

Even if you think schools should be open, you should be outraged at the usurpation of local control, which republicans claim they believe in. I say claim because over and over again, they seek to strip localities of control.

DeSantis, who recently compared opening schools to opening a Home Depot and the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, is woefully out of his depth, and I have to say he makes an Ivy league education look meaningless.

School districts should get to decide, and if it is too dangerous to meet in court, that should tell us all we need to know about the decisions they should make.   


  1. If I were the union I would point to the fact that this trial is being held on zoom & rest my case.

  2. This actually reminds me of the half cent sales tax fiasco last year. Delay, delay, delay til you get what you want by default. They know they can't win the case on its merits so they stall. If you remember DuhSantis never wanted to close schools in the first place. How are we safer now than we were last March?

  3. He is just like brain in that ugly head.