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Florida Teachers Union Lawsuit

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Florida's legal battle with its teachers is expected to cost Florida taxpayers nearly $1 million, State show, and 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 of its legal defense, State first contract Atlanta offices of Eversheds Sutherland LLP back in June. According to contract, legal fees incurred by State for services from global firm should not exceed $75 000. However, less than two months later, contract was 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 at $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 improving education, say Bill Newton, government watchdog with Florida Consumer Action Network. Yes, this is very expensive lawsuit on both sides, says Andrew Spar, President of FEA. Last month, union claimed victory in case when Leon COUNTY Judge ruled in favor of Teachers union. Governor Ron DeSantis office and Florida Department of Education are appealing ruling. During roundtable discussion last month, Gov. Desantis say, I think well win Appeal obviously, otherwise we wouldnt 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 werent option. In Palm Beach COUNTY, Miami Dade, Broward and 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's typical for attorney rates to vary depending on kind of law they are practicing and their level of expertise.

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Florida Teachers Union Wins Lawsuit

Florida Education Association Fought Back After Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran Order Schools To Reopen Classrooms By Aug. 31 Or Risk Losing Funding. And now, Florida Judge has with teachers. Leon County Judge Charles Dodson ruled that statewide mandate that local school officials resume in - person instruction this month amid coronavirus pandemic was unconstitutional. Judge Said That State Prioritize Reopening Schools Statewide In August Over Safety And Advice Of Health Experts. Therefore, local districts will now have power to decide whether their schools should be physically open or operate in fully virtual model. Official ruling goes on: Court finds Plaintiffs have their burden. Order Is Unconstitutional To Extent It Arbitrarily Disregards Safety, Denies Local School Boards Decision Making With Respect To Reopening Brick And Mortar Schools, And Conditions Funding On Approving Reopening Plan With Start Date In August. Order will, pass constitutional muster if its unconstitutional portions are sever. And it would still require local school districts to provide high - quality education, under circumstances - circumstances this horrible pandemic. State Immediately Appealed Ruling, With Corcoran Responding With Following Statement: Weve Said It All Along, And We Will Say It One Million Times - We Are 100 Percentage Confident We Will Win This Lawsuit. This fight has been, and will continue be, about giving every parent, every teacher and every student choice, regardless of what educational option they choose. If you one of 1. 6 million students who have chosen to return to classroom, parent,s or classroom teachers that want to educate their students in person, we strongly encourage you to call Florida Education Association and tell them to drop this frivolous lawsuit.

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In the courts

Normally, Teacher Trendline features deep dive into District level policies that impact teachers. In light of upcoming Supreme Court oral arguments in highly significant Janus vs. Afscme case, this month we are re looking at state laws regarding collective bargaining and type of fees that teachers unions are currently allowed to collect, depending on state in which they are organize. At center of Janus case is whether public sector are legally allowed to collect agency fees from non - union members. Agency fees, also know as fare - share fees, are fees paid by non - union members to union in order to cover cost of collective bargaining on their behalf. Because union members and non - members alike stand to benefit from contract union negotiates, theory go, non - members should have to contribute something to cost of collective bargaining. Janus challenges this logic, arguing that these fees violate non - members ' First Amendment rights by requiring monetary support of certain political stances taken by union on teachers ' behalf during collective bargaining, regardless of whether teachers agree with stance. Since agency fees for teachers are almost exclusively found in states where districts are required to collectively bargain with teachers, it's important to understand implications of decision to rule in favor of plaintiffs, as many are expecting. Such decision will have considerable impact in some states and little to none in others. Here we look at why impact is different from state to state. Collective bargaining is process through which teachers, generally represented by union,ss bargain with their employers over various working conditions. However, not all states allow collective bargaining, meaning there are some in which teachers unions or associations are not able to compel fees from either members or non - members. While in most cases, states have clear legal statutes regarding collective bargaining rights public - sector workers, legal framework is not always clearly defined from state to state. That's why we have to look not only at existing state laws, but also at case law and Attorney general's opinions for insight. You can access our data, with citations, here or explore further our interactive map. Here is current breakdown of where states stand on collective bargaining, also illustrated in Figure 1: most states require school districts to engage in collective bargaining if teachers request to do so, generally through majority vote for union representation. Another 11 states allow bargaining to occur, but districts are not required to bargain even if teachers request it. In remaining seven states, collective bargaining is explicitly illegal. Two states deserve bit more explanation. While we classify Tennessee as state that permits collective bargaining, teachers and districts in that state do not technically engage in collective bargaining. Instead, state requires its districts to participate in process called collaborative conferencing with representative organizations,. There is no obligation on part of District to come to agreement.

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