Councilman, Parents File Lawsuit to Reopen NYC Schools After de Blasio’s Announcement

Councilman, Parents File Lawsuit to Reopen NYC Schools After de Blasio's Announcement

Staten Island City Councilman Joe Borelli, along with some parents with school-age children, filed a lawsuit demanding that in-person public education in the city’s public schools be reopened, according to a Saturday tweet from the local lawmaker. 

The lawsuit, the second filed by Borelli and several parents, follows New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent move to again temporarily shut schools down, in light of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 coronavirus infections.

According to the official release, the lawsuit filed, on 20 November, 2020, in the Southern District of New York, seeks an emergency injunction to reopen public schools.

The first suit, filed on 21 October, in the Richmond County Supreme Court, demanded the full reopening of all public schools, complaining that it denied a child’s right to an adequate education.

Last night, we filed our 2nd lawsuit in an attempt to keep in-person learning @ #NYC schools. The DOE has done a good job, yes a good job!, keeping children & staff safe in school buildings & the medical & scientific consensus is that schools are not super spreaders.

— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) November 21, 2020

“Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have continued to fail our children time and time again,” Borelli said in the release. “Even though they had six months to prepare for this school year, they failed to do so and our children are forced to pay the price.”

Borelli suggested that temporarily suspending in-person learning is irresponsible and unacceptable. …

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