Schooling Commissioner Richard Corcoran, within the midst of a turbulent information cycle, was praised by a supply extraordinarily near the White Home this week.
Donald Trump Jr., the namesake son of the President, featured Florida’s present controversy about reopening faculties in a longform op-ed for Fox Information seen Wednesday by an exultant Corcoran.
Trump Jr., Corcoran tweeted Wednesday, was “spot on” in his evaluation of the scenario, presently in limbo pending the choice of an appeals courtroom after the primary spherical went to the Florida Schooling Affiliation.
Trump’s red-meat op-ed jibed with the commissioner’s politicized push to reopen brick and mortar faculties all through the state.
Corcoran’s order, wrote Trump, “empowers schools, districts, students and parents to work together at the most local level to make the decisions that are best suited to their circumstances and communities. It also recognizes the role of education and the fact that educators cannot abandon their obligations to our children if they want to collect taxpayer dollars.”
Nonetheless, Trump famous, the order wouldn’t survive the primary spherical of judicial overview.
“Yet, right on cue, a liberal judge granted the state’s activist-led teachers’ union a temporary injunction of the order. Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson, who is set to retire in January, decided to put the interests of union bosses ahead of the state’s constitution, in violation of the separation of powers and ahead of Florida’s children,” Trump wrote.
The lawsuit from the most important academics’ union within the Sunshine State, challenges an edict from the commissioner that faculties should reopen this month underneath plans authorized by his workplace or run the chance of dropping funding from the state.
Dodson on Monday discovered that Corcoran‘s order explicitly requires faculties to reopen to obtain funding. That “essentially ignored the requirement of school safety” and “arbitrarily prioritized reopening schools statewide in August over safety and the advice of health experts.”
Dodson’s ruling got here as college students proceed to return to lecture rooms in districts all through the state, after studying shifted on-line in March due to the pandemic. About 150,000 of the state’s 2.eight million schoolchildren had resumed face-to-face instruction as of final week, Jacob Oliva, the chancellor of the Okay-12 faculty system, instructed Dodson on Thursday. A number of extra districts started courses Monday.
Forward of Dodson’s ruling, Corcoran mentioned he was “100% confident” it might go his method, even suggesting that academics who stroll out might be “terminated.”
“It’s a frivolous lawsuit … It’s an absolutely frivolous case,” Corcoran mentioned. “We’ve already opened up over a third of our districts. We have 65% of parents and students who have chosen to be face to face with their instructors.”
In the meantime, Corcoran is “100% confident” the attraction will go his method.