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Charlie Crist bets on teachers unions


governor of florida rum desantis he is the favorite to win re-election, and his Democratic opponent, Rep. charlie christHe seems determined to lose. On Saturday, four days after winning the nomination in a primary, Mr. Crist elected Karla Hernandez-Matspresident of the United Teachers of Dade of Miami, as his running mate.

Ms. Hernández-Mats, who is also vice president of the American Federation of Teachers, opposed the reopening of Florida’s public schools. In September 2020, the UTD organized a caravan, including a hearse, to protest the reopening of schools outside the Miami-Dade County School Board headquarters. Ms. Hernandez-Mats insisted that “lives are going to be lost” when Miami schools reopen. Florida schools reopened in 2020, but in 2021 the AFT successfully lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to tighten school reopening guidelines, keeping schools elsewhere closed for more weather.



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