Florida Teachers Sue to Block School Coronavirus Reopening Mandate

Could what’s happening in Florida happen in Oregon? Teachers in Florida are suing the state to block an emergency order requiring schools to open next month, saying the order violates a provision in the Florida Constitution requiring the state to ensure schools are operated safely. Oregon’s constitution does not have the same language. In Oregon, the constitutional clause most similar is Section 8, Article VIII, which mandates that the Legislative Assembly appropriate sufficient funds to “ensure that the state’s system of public education meets quality goals established by law.”

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