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Florida recount: The civics lesson

The Florida Education Association will introduce a curriculum on the election for schools to use.
 
A worker loads ballots into machines at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office during a recount on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) FLBA105
A worker loads ballots into machines at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office during a recount on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) FLBA105
Published Nov. 14, 2018|Updated Nov. 15, 2018

While Florida politicians battle over ballots, the National Education Association and its state and local affiliates aim to turn the rancor into a classroom lesson.

And the teachers union is headed to the heart of the dispute — Broward County — to unveil its plan, called "Integrity in the Voting Process."

The group held a "Florida Recount Event" for 4 p.m. at the Police Benevolent Association Hall in Fort Lauderdale, just seven miles from the Elections Office where the most contentious votes for U.S. senator and Florida governor are being recounted.

At the event, the union — which backed Democrats Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum — released a school curriculum based on the election, focusing on the democratic process that includes voting and "the efforts that take place to ensure that each vote is counted and every voice is heard."

You might recognize some of that language from those who are pushing for the recount, and who have accused their opponents of trying to stymie democracy in Florida and also Georgia.

Not to put too fine a point on it, the activity will also feature a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the February shooting massacre that mobilized many young people to political action this year.

And to think, a measure to enshrine civics education in the Florida constitution never made it before the voters. Real life appears to suffice.

"In the aftermath of the general election in Florida, a perfect opportunity exists to make social studies lessons come alive," said Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco. "Our students need to know that our democracy is predicated upon everyone's vote being counted. The lesson plans being offered will help teachers at all grade levels do just that."

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