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Florida Teachers Union Calls For Education Commissioner To Appoint Panels For Reopening Schools

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Ben Mullins
FEA President Fedrick Ingram emailed Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran today regarding the creation of two committees.

The Florida Education Association (FEA) is asking the state's education commissioner to create two groups that would guide how schools should reopen. These groups would be separate from the Governor's Reopening Florida task force.

The FEA is encouraging Florida's Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to form two committees—one for PreK-12 schools, the other for colleges. The organization also wants students, parents, and community groups like the NAACP and Hispanic Federation to be on the committees.

For the PreK-12 group, the FEA wants members to focus on younger students, students with disabilities, and students from lower socioeconomic communities.

Both groups would address issues like mental health when giving recommendations on how to reopen schools.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.