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Hearing on state’s motion to dismiss school reopening lawsuit scheduled for Friday

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) –While Tampa Bay students head back to school, a battle brewing in the state is heating up.

On Thursday morning, Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson scheduled hearing on the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Florida Education Association that would stop in-person classes from starting this month due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The hearing was scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m.

Hillsborough County is the only Tampa Bay school district to delay in-person classes. Classes in Hillsborough County will begin on Aug. 24, but the first four weeks of classes are virtual-only.

The Florida Education Association said the lawsuit aims to “allow districts to make the best decisions for their schools, students, employees and community. We do not believe the commissioner of education has the legal right to compel districts to open physical campuses without regard to the health and well being of the students and staff in the district. The suit seeks to invalidate his emergency order.”

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