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Fea Lawsuit

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Tallahassee, Fla. Florida legal battle with its teachers is expected to cost Florida taxpayers nearly 1 million, State records show costs could still increase. Since June, state has hired two private law firms to represent Governor and Florida Department of Education against claims made by Florida Education Association. Fea maintains that state's mandate to reopen brick and mortar schools amid coronavirus pandemic or risk losing funding is unconstitutional. As part its legal defense, State First contracted with Atlanta offices of Eversheds Sutherland LLP back in June. According to contract, legal fees incurred by State for services from global firms should not exceed 75 000. However, less than two months later, contract amended and its price more than quadrupled to 315 000. Then, in July, State also hired Gunster corporate law firm to help litigate matter. Initially, Gunster contract was capped 225 000. Less than one month later, contract was also amended and cap more than doubled to 550 000. Now State is looking at paying total of up to 865 000 for services from both firms. What waste of money. That huge amount of money that we can put into keeping kids safe and their education, say Bill Newton, government watchdog with Florida Consumer Action Network. Yes, this is very expensive lawsuit on both sides, say Andrew Spar, President of Florida Education Association. Last month, union claimed victory in case when Leon COUNTY Judge ruled in favor of Teachers union. Governor's Office And Florida Department Of Education Are Appealing Ruling. During roundtable discussion last month, Governor DeSantis say, I think well Appeal obviously otherwise we wouldnt be doing it. Both Governor and Florida Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran, maintain that schools need to offer in - person instruction for various reasons, including potential child care issues parents who have to leave home for work would face if brick and mortar were option. In Palm Beach COUNTY, Miami - Dade, Broward, Hillsborough COUNTY, schools were mandated to offer in - person instruction despite concerns about rising cases. County Health officials also have warned some school districts it wasnt safe to welcome students and teachers back to campus while positive cases of virus were still increasing. According to state contracts, state is paying private lawyers between 450 and 495 per hour to help them defeat Teachers union. In 2018 Florida Bar Survey, median hourly rate for attorneys in Florida was 300. However, it is typical for attorney rates to vary depending on kind of law they are practicing and their level of expertise.

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Summary of FEAs lawsuit

Reducing class sizes, adding more staff, ensuring schools have enough protective equipment and supplies and adding plexiglass shields are part of relief FEA is demanding in lawsuit to be able to safely reopen brick - and - mortar schools. It isn't clear which districts would have safeguards and funds in place to respond to lawsuit's directive, raising questions about whether schools would have to close and return to online learning for time being. / Order enjoining all named defendants from unnecessarily and unconstitutionally forcing millions of public - school students and employees to report to unsafe brick and mortar schools that should remain physically closed during resurgence of COVID19 in Florida. / Order requiring Defendants to develop and implement online instruction plan aimed at all children and to make internet connectivity and computer devices available to all students, as many districts have already done so that they can meaningfully engage in virtual instruction until it is safe to reopen brick and mortar schools. / Order requires that, before physical reopening of brick and mortar schools, each school must have adequate personal protective equipment and other necessary supplies for all employees and students; reduce class sizes to comply physical distancing requirements; install sufficient hand - sanitizing stations; add plexiglass shields where necessary; increase staffing; increase school clinic capabilities; and take all necessary measures to protect students and staff and minimize COVID - 19 transmission. Lawsuit Came About After Commissioner Of Education, Richard Corcoran, Issued Emergency Order Saying That Upon Reopening In August, All School Boards And Charter School Governing Boards Must Open Brick And Mortar Schools At Least Five Days Per Week For All Students. Many districts have plans for alternative instruction plans - such hybrid models which utilize both in - person and online instruction. Ron Meyer, attorney in TALLAHASSEE and one of lawyers listed in FEA's lawsuit, said that it is impossible to know timeline of this lawsuit. These questions are hard to answer during normal times, he said in email conversation with Florida Phoenix. When courts are operating in face of pandemic, it is impossible to predict time frames. Defendants still need to officially be serve, then attempt will be made to get hearing time on our injunction request. We expect that State will file motions attacking legal issues in advance. This story was published by Florida Phoenix. For more stories from Florida visit Floridaphoenix.

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