Pizzo Calls Out Miami School for Spreading COVID-19 Disinformation

Pizzo Calls Out Miami School for Spreading COVID-19 Disinformation

COVID disinformation is still a problem in Florida

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
April 30, 2021

This week, a Miami private school was the center of national criticism after their faculty and staff publicly discouraged vaccines and spread disinformation about the coronavirus vaccine.  Which then caught the attention of state Senator Jason Pizzo (D-38).

The Miami private school, the Centner Academy, prevented all teachers from getting the vaccine, and would not allow them near students if they got it.  Getting the vaccine would also result in the termination of their employment.

This policy angered parents so much the school made national headlines, as some children reported their teachers were telling them to not hug their parents, as well as not getting the vaccine.

The Centner Academy, according to critics, cited disinformation about vaccinated people negatively affecting others.

However, State Senator Pizzo introduced an amendment on the Senate floor that would prevent any business, government entity, or educational institution from altering a person's ability to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Just this week Pizzo released a statement on the matter:

"In Florida, you can get fired for protecting your health. That’s the message my Republican colleagues sent when they failed to protect everyday Floridians from being discriminated against or fired for following CDC guidance and getting a COVID vaccine."

But sometimes it hard to tell if amendments like these are genuine or more partisan than we realize, as Leila Centner, founder of the Centner Academy recently donated a large sum of money to the GOP.

Nevertheless, a Republican-controlled Senate voted down Pizzo's proposal and killed the amendment.  And Centner has since publicly apologized after seeing so many students pulled from their institution.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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