Today's news -- July 10, 2013

 

How to destroy education while making a trillion dollars

The Vietnam War produced more than its share of iconic idiocies. Perhaps the most revelatory was the psychotic assertion of an army major explaining the U.S. bombing of the provincial hamlet of Ben Tre: “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” If only such self-extinguishing claims for intelligence were confined to military war. The U.S is ratcheting up a societal-level war on public education. At issue is whether we are going to make it better -- build it into something estimable, a social asset that undergirds a noble and prosperous society -- or whether we’re going to tear it down so that private investors can get their hands on the almost $1 trillion we spend on it every year. The tear-it-down option is the civilian equivalent of Ben Tre, but on a vastly larger scale and with incomparably greater stakes: we must destroy public education in order to save it. It’s still early in the game, but right now the momentum is with the wreckers because that’s where the money is. Whether they succeed or not will be up to you.

https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/29-0

Profile of Stuart Klatte, new president of LCEA

http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/article_55986841-ae4a-550b-b8f7-b615c45cde72.html

Monroe schools chief says strategic plan is back on track (Holly Hummell-Gorman mentioned)
http://www.keysnet.com/2013/07/10/487868/schools-chief-says-strategic-plan.html

 

Flagler schools discuss extra budget cuts

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20130709/NEWS/307099949/1040?Title=Flagler-schools-discuss-extra-budget-cuts

 

Sequester cuts to Head Start slam families and communities

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/09/1222256/-Sequester-s-Head-Start-cuts-slam-families-and-communities

 

Ravitch on Weingarten
http://dianeravitch.net/2013/07/10/my-friend-randi-weingarten/

http://leadernet.aft.org/news/article_detail.cfm?ArticleID=3996

 

Florida again leads the nation in foreclosures

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/florida-again-leads-the-nation-in-foreclosures/2130656

 

Marketing begins for Florida's online health exchange

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/state/Marketing-begins-for-Floridas-online-health-exchange

 

The search is on for Florida's next lieutenant governor

http://news.wfsu.org/post/search-floridas-next-lieutenant-governor

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/dems-slam-scotts-go-slow-approach-in-lg-search/2130611

 

Do we have the will to fight for the jobless?

http://www.thenation.com/blog/175162/do-we-have-will-fight-jobless#

 

After recess, House Democrats seek path forward on immigration

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/after-recess-house-democrats-seek-path-forward-on-immigration/

 

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