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USA TODAY Network of Florida opinion editors and columnists discuss the issue of school reopening during our first installment of Florida Pulse

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Florida’s largest teachers’ union urged state officials to financially support local school districts and provide transparent data about confirmed COVID-19 cases among public school students.

The Florida Education Association (FEA), in a virtual press conference Friday, also urged Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to guarantee the state education budget would not suffer any cuts while school districts grapple with the local financial burden of the coronavirus.

Officials at the Florida Department of Education say education funding is under no threat for the upcoming year.

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“It is clear that the FEA is admitting defeat, as they are now requesting that certain provisions in the Department of Education’s emergency order remain intact —