Rachel Maniscalco and attorney explain on FOX NEWS

This is a real cliff hanger.

Maniscalco’s case representing over 700 NYC teachers and DOE employees goes to an emergency federal appellate court over the weekend getting a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the NYC DOE vaccine mandate. It’s anyone’s guess how long the TRO will stay in effect and what will happen on Monday and Tuesday.

UPDATE – NYC DOE Chancellor Meisha Porter sent out an email today acknowledging the TRO and stating that she is confident NYC will ultimately win in court, and stated everyone should prepare for the mandate to go into effect “the week of September 27th.” This can be read as an admission that the hard deadline of September 27th is now moot.

Stay tuned to http://www.teachersforchoice.org

Here is the email sent by Chancellor Porter earlier today:

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for the work you’ve done to successfully reopen our schools this year of homecoming.

I am writing with an important update on the vaccine mandate for DOE staff. Yesterday evening, a federal judge placed a temporary injunction on the vaccine mandate for DOE staff. The City and DOE are urging a speedy resolution by the Circuit Court this week.

We are confident our vaccine mandate will continue to be upheld; our students, school communities and colleagues deserve no less. While this means that the current vaccine or weekly testing mandate remains in place for the week of September 27 for all staff, we should continue to prepare for the possibility that the vaccine mandate will go into effect later in the week.

Staff have who have not yet received a vaccine should continue to work towards compliance in anticipation of the mandate being reinstated as early as the end of the week. In the meantime, staff who are not vaccinated must submit the results of a COVID-19 test this week in the DOE Vaccination Portal.

We will continue to share information as it becomes available. Thank you again for all you do for our students and school communities. 

In partnership,


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