Statement by Patricia Levesque, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Excellence in Education, on today’s decision by the First District Court of Appeals to overrule the lower court decision in DeSantis v Florida Education Association:
“This is great news for Florida’s families. Our mission for more than a decade has been to ensure each child has access to a quality education that best fits their needs.
“In recognizing the importance of in-person learning, the Court is protecting the parental decisions of more than a million students across the state, especially those that are vulnerable and would fall further behind without the hands-on support of their teachers.
“The teachers union’s agenda—driven by self-interest—would harm every student who needs in-person instruction – whether they are in the early grades, students with special needs or those whose parents must work outside the home.
“Parents know what environment would work best for their child, and they deserve access to all options. We want to thank Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran for their tireless commitment to help every student have the opportunity to succeed.”
Read the Amicus Curiae brief filed by ExcelinEd in the case of DeSantis v Florida Education Association.