Episode 43 focuses on how teachers and parents feel about school reopening plans for next month as COVID-19 cases rise in the state. Kristin Moorehead talks with Florida Education Association Vice President about the teacher’s union lawsuit against the state’s mandate to return to brick and mortar school instruction in the fall (01:46). Josh Williams interviews Dr. Chris Curran, one of the Co-Directors at UF’s Education Policy Research Center, about what districts are doing to keep students safe. (07:19) Camron Lunn spoke with two teachers about how they feel about about the safety of returning to the classroom (12:06). Taylor Levesque talked with Florida parents and teachers about some of the frustrations they’ve had with virtual learning (16:16). Melissa Feito takes a look at some of the challenges families that have children with special needs and disabilities and their teachers faced with remote learning (19:37). Anthony Montalto spoke with four parents about how each is considering the decision to send their kids back to school next month (24:53). Gabriella Paul talked spoke with current and former essential workers who have elementary school aged kids about the prospect of schools reopening in person next month (30:04). Melissa returns for a discussion with Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the University of Florida who previously worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 20 years, for a medical perspective of children returning to school (34:51). This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida’s response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Some mayors, particularly those aligned with the Democratic Party, decried Republican-led preemptions as a power grab against local government's ability to control a potential resurgence of the coronavirus but also restrict their ability to respond to future public health emergencies.