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Reopening Florida Schools Is Likened to Military Operation

Staff at MacFarlane Park Elementary work on safety and distancing procedures ahead of students returning for in-person instruction, in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 17, 2020. (Octavio Jones/The New York Times)
Staff at MacFarlane Park Elementary work on safety and distancing procedures ahead of students returning for in-person instruction, in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 17, 2020. (Octavio Jones/The New York Times)

MIAMI — Of all the ways to describe the fraught decision to reopen schools during a pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a former Navy prosecutor, chose an especially dramatic example when he compared the commitment of teachers and administrators to the resolve of Navy SEALs given the mission to go after Osama bin Laden.

“Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so, too, would the Martin County school system find a way to provide parents with a meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning — all in, all the time,” he said, citing the leader of a local school district.

He meant for the line to be inspirational. But perhaps unintentionally, DeSantis

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