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Broward Schools Accused Of ‘Spying’ On Teachers — Catching Them Out And About Despite COVID Fears

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Facebook page of Tracy Merlin
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Sun Sentinel
In a photo posted to her Facebook, Tracy Merlin, a Broward County elementary teacher, is seen at a rally for Joe Biden. Merlin has been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic due to health issues.

The Broward School District has scoured Facebook pages of teachers working remotely to catch them partying, traveling and failing to wear masks at a time the educators say COVID-19 makes it too risky for them to return to campus.

One teacher is pictured at her daughter’s destination wedding in Jamaica. Another attended a political rally for Joe Biden. Others were pictured with cocktails in restaurants or enjoying a Disney or beach vacation with family or friends.

The district used about 40 pages of research about remote teachers during an arbitration hearing last week with the Broward Teachers Union, which challenged the district’s decision to end remote work assignments for most teachers.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.