Florida Politics reports:
Communications Director Taryn Fenske said the administration “will immediately appeal” the ruling in the 1st District Court of Appeal, where administration officials are “confident” it will prevail on the merits of the case.
“We are used to the Leon County Circuit Court not following the law and getting reversed on appeal, which is exactly what happened last year in the school reopening case,” she said.
Judge John Cooper’s verdict “discards the rule of law” and “conflicts with basic and established rights of parents to make private health and education decisions for children,” Florida Department of Education spokesman Jared Ochs said.
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