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Leon County judge lifts stay on school reopening order ruling, giving Florida districts local control

State's order was declared unconstitutional
Posted at 1:07 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 07:11:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson has lifted an automatic stay after the state appealed his decision to grant the Florida Education Association's (FEA) motion for a temporary injunction against Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s executive order.

The judge lifted the automatic stay on Thursday, which essentially gives local control of school reopening plans back to the district without the threat of losing state funding.

In his ruling, Dodson said, "The record reflects that medical determinations must be made at a local level to determine when and if it is safe to reopen a county's brick and mortar schools."

In the previous ruling, Dodson declared the state's order unconstitutional.

Back in July, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran sent out an emergency order saying a traditional return to brick and mortar schools five days a week must be included in every district's reopening plans.