From the Document: "As of July 15th, government officials in Georgia are pushing for public schools to open as soon as August 3rd, while COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] cases soar nationwide, exceeding 65,000 confirmed cases in a single day. Many of the cases in this latest surge are reported in the South, including Florida, the new epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. and one of Georgia's border states. The Georgia Educators Association has made the recommendation that local health data should steer efforts to reopen schools. However, there are few legal options for teachers to advocate for a concise, data-driven plan to reopen schools, or to challenge the reckless state mandate to reopen without adequate prepartion [sic]. Like most southern states, Georgia is a 'right to work' state, in which teachers can be fired and even have their state license revoked if they plan to strike or utilize collective bargaining. Some school districts are trying to cope by delaying openings and creating digital options for students as an interim measure. This issue brief discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has shed a light on the harmful consequences of 'right to work' laws for Georgia's teachers."
Lerner Center Issue Brief No. 36
Syracuse University. Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/