Today's news -- April 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

Standardized testing creates captive markets *

It’s easy to do business when the customer is forced to buy. But is it fair, is it just, or does it create a situation where people are coerced into purchases they wouldn’t make if they had a say in the matter? For example, school children as young as 8-years-old are forced to take a battery of standardized tests in public schools. Would educators prescribe such assessments if it were up to them? Would parents demand children be treated this way if they were consulted? Or is this just a corporate scam perpetrated by our government for the sole benefit of a particular industry that funnels a portion of the profits to our lawmakers as political donations? Let’s look at it economically. Say you sold widgets – you know, those hypothetical doodads we use whenever we want to talk about selling something without importing the emotional baggage of a particular product. You sell widgets. The best widgets. Grade A, primo, first class widgets. Your goal in life is to sell the most widgets possible and thus generate the highest profit. Unfortunately, the demand for widgets is fixed. Whatever they are, people only want so many of them. But if you could increase the demand and thus expand the market, you would likewise boost your profits and better meet your goals. There are many ways you could do this. You could advertise and try to convince consumers that they need more widgets. You could encourage doctors and world health organizations to prescribe widgets as part of a healthy lifestyle. Or you could convince the government to mandate the market. That’s right – force people to buy your products. That doesn’t sound very American does it?

https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/standardized-testing-creates-captive-markets/

 

House, Senate far apart on school construction

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/House-Senate-Far-Apart-On-School-Construction

 

Longhofer, Katz in runoff election for Palm Beach teachers union president

http://extracredit.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/04/11/longhofer-katz-will-face-off-in-runoff-election-for-pbc-teachers-union-president/


Magistrate recommends ways to resolve non-instructional contract disputes (USEP mentioned)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/magistrate-recommends-ways-to-resolve-non-instructional-contract-disputes/2319812

 

McKay vouchers may come with hidden costs

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/school-vouchers-disability.html?emc=edit_th_20170412&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Are charter schools truly public schools?

https://networkforpubliceducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Are-charter-schools-truly-public-schools%C6%92.pdf

 

Higher ed on the cheap in Florida

Florida is the third-largest state, but its universities continue to lack the money to play in the academic big leagues. A case in point: The California university system has five of the top 10 public universities in America, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In fact, six California public institutions are listed before the University of Florida even comes up — at No. 14. And on the overall list of public and private universities, only one of Florida's 12 public universities makes the top 50 — and UF is hanging on in a tie for No. 50. Tuition and fees account for nearly as much university revenue as state tax dollars, even though tuition is cheap compared to other states and has been frozen in recent years. Yet the Florida House is poised to pass a proposed 2017-18 state budget that would cut state spending on universities by more than $100 million, raid their reserves and cut state money for employee salaries at university foundations. Translation: House Republicans won't invest in higher education, but they don't want to help universities raise private money, either. "Compared to other areas of the state, higher education was due for an adjustment,'' declared Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, chairman of the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Florida universities are due for an adjustment, all right. But it's not down, as they have hardly recovered from the economic recession that forced deep cuts in programs and faculty members on many campuses. These charts show that university funding across the nation has failed to recover from the recession. Florida, which started from behind, has remained there. First-rate education is not possible at cut-rate prices. Freezing tuition, slashing state spending and harming private fundraising is a recipe for permanent mediocrity.

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-higher-ed-on-the-cheap-in-florida/2319920

 

Lawmakers need to bridge budget differences

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170411/lawmakers-need-to-bridge-budget-differences

 

Constitution Revision Commission announces statewide public hearings

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/constitution-revision-commission-plans-public-hearing-in-hillsborough/2319899?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ_USE%20THIS%20ONE_Clone%20first&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/04/11/constitution-rewrite-hearing-comes-famu/100334982/

 

Concerns as constitutional makeover gets under way
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170411/lane-concerns-as-state-constitution-gets-set-for-makeover

 

Scott declares wildfire emergency

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170411/gov-scott-declares-wildfire-emergency

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-sb-south-florida-brush-fires-20170410-story.html

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/weather/state-emergency-declared-thousands-acres-burn-statewide/Go2wV49EDjLw0JYfvljpML/

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/2017/04/11/gov-scott-declares-state-emergency-due-more-than-100-wildfires/100323828/

http://jacksonville.com/news/public-safety/2017-04-11/gov-scott-declares-florida-state-emergency-wildfire-risk-grows?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

Judicial term limits proposal now faces more skeptical lawmakers in Senate

http://flarecord.com/stories/511100749-judicial-term-limits-proposal-now-faces-more-skeptical-lawmakers-in-senate

 

Prosecutor sues Scott over removal from murder cases

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-aramis-ayala-rick-scott-death-penalty-lawsuit-20170410-story.html

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/235858-aramis-ayala-files-challenges-rick-scott-florida-supreme-court-federal-court

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170411/prosecutor-sues-scott-over-removal-from-murder-cases

 

Governor’s office affirmed prosecutorial discretion, independence, in letter last year

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/235902-governors-office-affirmed-prosecutorial-discretion-state-attorneys-independence-letter-last-year

 

House demands finance records from secret appropriations

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/florida/2017/04/10/house-demands-finance-records-secret-appropriations/100281892/

 

Sheriff: Trump’s China summit cost local taxpayers $1.5 million

http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/04/11/sheriff-trumps-china-summit-cost-local-taxpayers-1-5-million/

 

Scott sidesteps questions about mid-session checks from big donors

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/04/us-sugar-gives-scott-100k-mid-session-campaign-check-111176

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_XGR_POLITICAL_PARTY_FUNDRAISING_FLOL-?SITE=FLPET&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-11-09-19-05

 

Francis Rooney: The Department of Education must die — unless it evolves

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/11/department-of-education-evolve-or-die/?utm_campaign=atdailycaller&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

 

A reborn labor movement is coming -- if unions are bold enough to change

https://qz.com/951268/a-reborn-american-labor-movement-is-coming-if-unions-are-bold-enough-to-change/

 

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Page

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-obtained-fisa-warrant-to-monitor-former-trump-adviser-carter-page/2017/04/11/620192ea-1e0e-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html?utm_campaign=pubexchange&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_term=.fe86f9ea0369

 

Classified docs contradict Nunes surveillance claims, sources say

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/11/politics/intelligence-contradicts-nunes-unmasking-claims/index.html?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange

 

Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout

https://apnews.com/20cfc75c82eb4a67b94e624e97207e23

 

Sessions signals immigration crackdown: “This is the Trump era”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/jeff-sessions-immigration-crackdown-237109

 

Domestic abuse survivors still face deportation under Trump

https://www.thenation.com/article/domestic-abuse-survivors-still-face-deportation-under-trump/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY_2017_04_11&utm_term=daily

 

Border officers nearly double searches of electronic devices, government says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/border-customs-officers-electronic-devises-search.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170411&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Florida’s support of Trump travel ban surprises state’s top industry — tourism

http://www.wmfe.org/floridas-support-of-trump-travel-ban-surprises-states-top-industry-tourism/72200

 

Partisan battles over nominees pose danger for Supreme Court, chief justice says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/partisan-battles-over-nominees-pose-real-danger-for-supreme-court-chief-justice-says/2017/04/11/62e89c2c-1ee9-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html?utm_term=.0c9f40d95e00&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Fear of flying, for good reason

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/opinion/fear-of-flying-for-good-reason.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170412&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/airlines/carlton-really-united-this-is-how-we-fly/2319946?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/business/united-airline-passenger-overbooked-flights.html?emc=edit_th_20170412&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Plenty more villains at Wells Fargo

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/opinion/plenty-more-villains-at-wells-fargo.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170412&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Sessions is wrong to take science out of forensic science

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/opinion/sessions-is-wrong-to-take-science-out-of-forensic-science.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170412&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=13&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/dc974a67ea38

 

White House tells agencies to come up with a plan to shrink their workforces

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/white-house-tells-agencies-to-come-up-with-a-plan-to-shrink-their-workforces/2017/04/11/79961738-1efd-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html?utm_term=.1cc6b817da69&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/politics/trumps-directive-will-lift-hiring-freeze-as-it-asks-agencies-for-cuts.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170412&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/white-house-agency-cuts-237139

 

Ron Book: Trump's proposed HUD cuts too harmful

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/ron-book-trumps-proposed--hud-cuts-too-harmful/2319872

 

Marino set to serve as White House drug czar

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/04/11/tom-marino-set-to-serve-as-white-house-drug-czar/?utm_term=.62303ac147db&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/12/the-new-white-house-drug-czar-has-quite-an-idea-for-where-to-put-nonviolent-drug-users/?utm_term=.1d4e1b84fd8d&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Choice of pro-immigration economic adviser riles Trump’s base

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/us/politics/choice-of-pro-immigration-economic-adviser-riles-trumps-base.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170412&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump taps lawyer involved with Trump U case for federal job

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4e4eaba253164b9e88c8f67de504d4d8/trump-taps-lawyer-involved-trump-u-case-federal-job

 

Trump promised an “unpredictable” foreign policy. To allies, it looks incoherent.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-promised-an-unpredictable-foreign-policy-to-allies-it-looks-incoherent/2017/04/11/21acde5e-1a3d-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html?utm_term=.e5c25c6a1b3a&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s shift on Russia brings geopolitical whiplash

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/world/europe/russia-putin-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20170412&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1&_r=0

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/world/middleeast/russia-syria-chemical-weapons-white-house.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170412&nl=first-draft&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/rex-tillerson-russia-moscow-trip-syria-attack?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=221530&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/world/europe/tillerson-putin-lavrov-russia-syria.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170412&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/world/middleeast/trump-syria-russia.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170412&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Syria strike follows Washington’s failed foreign-policy playbook

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/syria-strike-follows-washingtons-failed-foreign-policy-playbook/2017/04/11/6588c716-1e0a-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html?utm_term=.c43fe264fefc&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s trademark continues its march across the globe, raising eyebrows

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/politics/trump-trademark-ethics.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170412&nl=first-draft&nl_art=9&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump Jr. admits there is no barrier between the president and his businesses

https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/477752167fab

 

The public deserves to know who is visiting the White House

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-public-deserves-to-know-who-is-visiting-the-white-house/2017/04/11/13d91f54-1e2f-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html?utm_term=.c25f4d340c77&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Trump won’t definitively say he still backs Bannon

http://nypost.com/2017/04/11/trump-wont-definitively-say-he-still-backs-bannon/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/11/trump-just-made-some-very-strange-comments-about-stephen-k-bannon/?utm_term=.afd7a86b61c0&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

The real reason for the White House infighting: Trump has no clear vision

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/04/11/the-real-reason-for-the-white-house-infighting-trump-has-no-clear-vision-or-agenda/?utm_term=.ced9d11e0b02&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

The latest test for the White House? Pulling off its Easter Egg Roll

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/politics/white-house-easter-egg-roll-trump.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170412&nl=first-draft&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Spicer apologizes after saying Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/spicer-apologizes-after-receiving-sharp-criticism-for-saying-hitler-didnt-use-chemical-weapons/2017/04/11/fe7e9f88-1ef3-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html?utm_term=.9c1b0bf2bcf7&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/politics/sean-spicer-hitler-gas-holocaust-center.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170412&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/11/spicer-hitler-didnt-even-sink-to-using-chemical-weapons-although-he-sent-jews-to-the-holocaust-center/?utm_term=.2b78444efb18&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Anger and ridicule in Israel over Spicer's Hitler comments

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/israel-sean-spicer-hitler-assad-chemical-weapons?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=221530&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Wasserman Schultz: Spicer's claim “ignorant and offensive”

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/04/wasserman-schultz-spicers-claim-hitler-did-not-use-chemical-weapons-ignorant-and-offensive-111192

 

 

 

 

 

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