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Judge Lifts Stay On Ruling in Teachers Union Lawsuit, Districts Will Decide When to Reopen Schools

Photo: Javier Sierra
Photo: Javier Sierra

A Leon County judge has lifted an automatic stay on his ruling in a lawsuit challenging the state’s order to reopen schools.

Earlier this week, Judge Charles Dodson sided with the teachers union, saying the Department of Education ignored the requirement of school safety and ruling the order unconstitutional.

Attorneys for Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Department of Education filed an appeal that froze the order. 

With the stay lifted, districts will get to decide when and if in-person instruction begins, without the risk of losing state funding. 

Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.