Richard Corcoran, our state’s Education Commissioner sent a letter to Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Addison Davis. It includes an ultimatum.
He wants schools in Hillsborough County to go back to the original plan and offer parents a choice in whether or not their children will go in-person to learn or do it online. He wants Hillsborough County Schools to “proceed under the existing statutory framework.”
Davis released this statement in response to Corcoran’s letter: “I have received the letter from the Florida Department of Education and we are in the process of reviewing and analyzing the letter with our legal team. Yesterday, the School Board made an informed decision after receiving data and hearing from the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, along with hearing the advice of other local infectious disease and public health authorities. The Board acted after serious deliberations and with all due diligence. Our district understood the possibility that such a response from the state might come and it has been clear that the district could face negative implications. We will use this information to have discussions about where we go from here.”
Last week, the Hillsborough County school board voted to begin the first four weeks of classes online only.
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