Today's news -- April 18, 2017

 

 

 

 

Counties push back on charter school giveaway *

Administrators at some of Florida's largest school districts are speaking out in opposition to House Republicans' $200 million "schools of hope" plan that would pit new, specialized charter schools against the districts' perpetually failing traditional public schools. Miami-Dade County Public Schools is "actively lobbying against" HB 5105, a spokeswoman said, and Duval County schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti sent a lengthy letter to the Florida Senate on Monday morning urging lawmakers to "please use logic and reject" the House's bill. The Senate has yet to formally discuss the "schools of hope" legislation that the Republican-led House passed last week along party-lines. The legislation seeks to attract specialized, out-of-state charter schools to come to Florida and compete with struggling traditional schools so that students currently attending such schools have another option. Because both chambers agreed to send the House-approved bill to upcoming budget conference negotiations, it all-but ensures some form of the policy will become law in 2017-18. The bill is a top priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. However, school district administrators -- echoing some of the opposition expressed by House Democrats -- say they have concerns about the proposal. In his five-page letter, Vitti said the bill "seemingly attempts to address the authentic need" of improving schools that serve students who largely face the challenge of generational poverty "but does so without a research-based, data-driven, realistic or sustainable solution." In defending their plan, House Republicans have repeatedly dismissed any criticism and cast opponents as supportive of the current system, which they argue lets struggling schools fail for years on end without significant improvement despite existing turnaround strategies that are available. To preempt that argument, Vitti implored lawmakers to take his words to heart. "This is not a letter written by a supporter of the status quo or a protectionist for lower standards, expectations or failing schools," Vitti wrote. "This is not a political critique. Please do not deflect the arguments below with rhetoric or accusations." Vitti then detailed a myriad of criticisms he has with the "schools of hope" plan, including that: "Students are not stuck in lower performing schools as is popularly stated by supporters of HB 5105. The state of Florida has one of the most robust choice systems in the country." Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho isn't planning a formal letter like what Vitti sent, but Associate Superintendent Iraida Mendez-Cartaya emailed Miami-Dade House members last week urging them to vote against the bill. "The district has serious concerns with the bill in its current state. The language currently bypasses school boards and in essence creates state schools," Mendez-Cartaya wrote. District spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego added Monday in a text message: "We agree with Vitti in that in the state of Florida, there is scant evidence of high-performing charter entities with a track record of turning around traditional schools."

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/large-counties-push-back-on-houses-proposed-200m-charter-school-incentive/2320604

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/duval-schools-superintendent-nikolai-vitti-urges-florida-senate-to-reject/2320562

 

FEA calls for increased education funding *

The Florida Education Association has launched two video ads online and in the Tallahassee market, calling on state lawmakers to improve public education funding. Deeming the state's current situation "on the brink of a crisis," the state's largest teachers union uses evocative language to make its point. The group says lawmakers have starved the schools of needed funds, resulting in the suffering of students and teachers. The ads emerge shortly after the Florida House and Senate approved dramatically different education budget proposals, with the Senate recommending more than $500 million more than the House. Comparisons have shown Florida consistently near the bottom of the nation in per-student education spending. "Students are at the center of everything we do. That's why we are fighting for students and for better public schools," FEA President Joanne McCall said. "We're fighting against too many tests that do nothing to help our children and working to ensure that our schools and students have the resources they need for success."

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/fea-calls-for-increased-florida-education-funding/2320533

 

Teacher shortage growing concern for St. Johns district, reality for nation (Michelle Dillon quoted)
http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/florida-news/2017-04-18/teacher-shortage-growing-concern-district-reality-nation

 

Educators talk teaching in Florida (letter by Marcus Hochman, FEA mentioned)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/opinion/readers/letters/2017/04/17/letters-feedback-april18/100568488/

 

Gulf district still asking teachers to pay back bonus money

http://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Gulf-District-Schools-still-asking-teachers-to-pay-back-bonus-money-419669593.html

 

Charter school’s behavior invites rare Sunshine action

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170417/lyons-charter-schools-behavior-invites-rare-sunshine-action

 

Orange middle school struggles, as state mandates improvement

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-carver-middle-orange-struggles-20170328-story.html

 

Hillsborough school times will remain the same next year but could change later

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/hillsborough-school-times-will-remain-the-same-for-2017-but-could-change/2320593

 

Report: Growth will mean more debt and painful rezoning for Hillsborough schools

http://www.tbo.com/news/report-population-growth-will-mean-more-debt-and-painful-rezoning-for-hillsborough-schools-20170418/

 

Bush’s education foundation praises Miami lawmaker in web ad

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article145029059.html

 

The erosion of American education has turned into a DeVostating mudslide

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/04/17/david-greene-the-erosion-of-american-education-has-turned-into-a-devostating-mudslide/

 

Absences, fitness, atmosphere -- new ways to track schools

https://apnews.com/amp/84fc446593b74352a1a5d4b3fd90c8b6

 

Is repeating third grade -- again and again -- good for kids?

http://hechingerreport.org/repeating-third-grade-good-kids/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=5e0b761cef-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a4f3e0748b-5e0b761cef-298490665

 

$2.5 billion in California charter school support and the results are disappointing

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/04/17/2-5b-ca-charter-school-support-results-disappointing/

 

Washington state: Where billionaires get richer, and schools get shafted

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/04/17/washington-state-where-billionaires-get-richer-and-schools-get-shafted/

 

UF extends counter offer in GAU health care negotiation (Bobby Mermer quoted)
http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_40c048b0-23ea-11e7-aec6-abf40b7b418e.html

 

Latvala says budget unlikely by May 5

While it remains unclear whether lawmakers will reach a state budget deal by the May 5 scheduled end of the legislative session, two key players, Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Jack Latvala, seem to be reading from the same script. On Monday, the Clearwater Republican told a Capital City Tiger Bay Club luncheon he does, however, expect the Legislature to reach an agreement by the end of June. “The way the constitution is set up, the governor takes over the budget on July 1 and decides what will continue to be funded,” said Latvala, Senate Appropriations Committee chair. “I know there is no way the House of Representatives is going to allow that to happen. We’ll be done by July 1.” Latvala talked like a man planning on spending June in Tallahassee. He told the nearly 200 gathered for his talk that he had started the session with “high hopes.” But the optimism quickly faded as the House moved to cut spending and turned its focus on economic development. Six times in the first four minutes of his remarks Latvala used the past tense whenever he mentioned "hope" and the issues he had wanted to work on, including job creation, education, and clean water. “Instead we get involved in an all-out assault on Florida’s economic apparatus,” said Latvala. The House wants to eliminate Enterprise Florida, the state’s chief economic development agency. The agency’s ability to lure job creators to the state is Gov. Rick Scott’s pet project. Latvala is in Scott’s corner.  He was a member of the Legislature in the 1990s when Enterprise Florida was created and said he remains a supporter.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/04/17/sen-latvala-says-budget-unlikely-may-5/100574194/

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/04/latvala-tees-off-on-house-in-tiger-bay-speech-111303

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local-education/florida-senate-budget-chief-latvala-raps-house-litany-issues/y02wAphO4m4Y6sQ9sSiK9M/

 

$1.5 billion health care deal with Feds may not be a sure thing in the House

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/04/15-billion-health-care-deal-with-feds-may-not-be-a-sure-thing-in-the-florida-house.html

 

Latvala, Lee feud persists as session nears end

https://www.politicopro.com/states/florida/story/2017/04/clash-of-the-titans-latvala-lee-feud-persists-as-sessions-end-nears-111309

 

Reject flawed plan for courts

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170418/editorial-reject-flawed-plan-for-courts

 

CDC urges doctors to screen for Zika-related epilepsy

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article145029239.html

 

Wildfires burn more than 126,000 acres across Florida this year

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170417/wildfires-burn-over-126000-acres-across-florida-this-year

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2017/04/17/cowbell-brush-fire-big-cypress-national-preserve-near-alligator-alley-expands-19000-plus-acres/100566222/

 

Put the hose down -- South Florida water supply is low

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-ap-water-shortage-20170417-story.html

 

In breakthrough for water plan, Scott endorses reservoir, faster fixes for dike

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article145119704.html

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/scott-offers-surprise-solution-lake-okeechobee-pollution-fight/T581bOQdly9wiImY1PeASJ/

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-lagoon/politics/2017/04/17/gov-rick-scott-says-he-supports-lake-okeechobee-reservoir-200m-dike/100553390/

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-ap-reservoir-lake-okeechobee-20170417-story.html

 

Negron raises concerns as farmers, enviros welcome Scott's announcement

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/04/negron-raises-concerns-as-farmers-enviros-welcome-scotts-everglades-announcement-for-different-reasons-111300

 

Despite clear bipartisan support for a ban, state may be paving the way for fracking

http://www.cltampa.com/news-views/environment/article/20858245/despite-clear-bipartisan-support-for-a-ban-the-state-may-be-paving-the-way-for-fracking

http://saintpetersblog.com/vern-buchanan-requests-aid-red-tide/

 

Reclaiming public goods under Trump

https://www.thenation.com/article/reclaiming-public-goods-under-trump/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY_2017_04_17&utm_term=daily

 

How the airlines became abusive cartels

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/opinion/how-the-airlines-became-abusive-cartels.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170418&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=9&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

British official says Trump borrowed from Russia during financial crisis

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/richard-dearlove-mi6-trump-russia-money-2008-financial-crisis-us-election-a7684341.html

 

Congress needs to reach a budget deal soon. What could go wrong?

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article144674804.html

 

That GOP “middle class” tax cut might be a big fat Trojan horse for the rich

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republican-tax-cut_us_58f14cbce4b0da2ff860eaff?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

 

How Republicans have already backed themselves into a corner on tax reform

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/04/17/how-republicans-have-already-backed-themselves-into-a-corner-on-tax-reform/?utm_term=.b4e6e02a6385&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Trump plans to reward tax cheats

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-plans-to-reward-tax-cheats/2017/04/17/fa8dab8e-239f-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?utm_term=.60ca1f8883f3&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Americans are proud to pay taxes -- except when they think others are cheating

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/04/18/americans-are-proud-to-pay-taxes-except-when-they-think-others-are-cheating/?utm_term=.9a8c844c3586&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Sorry, Republicans, but most people support single-payer health care

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sorry-republicans-but-most-people-support-single-payer-health-care/2017/04/17/f0919bb6-23a6-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?utm_term=.6a2da77c8b00&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Trumpcare retreats on pre-existing conditions

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/sfl-trumpcare-retreats-pre-existing-conditions-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sun-sentinel%2Fnews%2Fopinion+%28Editorial+Opinions+%2F+South+Florida+Sun-Sentinel%29

 

The GOP’s problem on health reform is they’ve spent years hiding their real position

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/4/17/15325366/gop-problem-on-health-reform

 

A senator listens to voters’ quiet desperation

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/opinion/susan-collins-listens-to-voters-quiet-desperation.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170418&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Mnuchin warns health care debacle will delay tax reforms

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-tax-reform-delayed_us_58f566ffe4b0bb9638e5e0b5?z9&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Morning%20Email%20041817&utm_content=The%20Morning%20Email%20041817+CID_9478305f240c14f6f3564d0fb0af682b&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Reuters&ncid=newsltushpmgnewsThe%20Morning%20Email%20041817

 

The Trump administration might put the “extreme” in “extreme vetting”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-trump-administration-might-put-the-extreme-in-extreme-vetting/2017/04/17/8e81f7ca-1ecb-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html?utm_term=.bb9fe45637df&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Trump's new rules could swamp already backlogged immigration courts

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/17/immigration-courts-new-rules-trump/98674758/

 

Planned Trump order will discourage hiring of low-wage foreign workers

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/us/politics/trump-executive-order-h1b-visas-technology-workers.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170418&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

The human cost of Trump’s rollback on regulations

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-rollback-regulations-cost_us_58f1375be4b0bb9638e3f72c

 

Leaked Trump plan to close Chicago EPA office puts 1,000 jobs at risk

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-targeting-chicago-epa-office-e722bdaedac5

 

Trump officials turn to courts to block Obama-era legacy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-officials-turn-to-courts-to-block-obama-era-legacy/2017/04/17/b825d732-1ba0-11e7-855e-4824bbb5d748_story.html?utm_term=.a2c65a83f0c7&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump finds himself on the defensive on a pair of government transparency issues

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/17/spicer-obamas-release-of-white-house-visitor-logs-was-faux-transparency/?utm_term=.727d71cdb924&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/04/17/daily-202-what-does-trump-have-to-hide-secretive-white-house-unapologetic-about-clawing-back-transparency/58f411b3e9b69b3a72331e8e/?utm_term=.b4d7d9a1cb60&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Hearing first arguments as member of the Supreme Court, Gorsuch jumps right in

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/hearing-first-arguments-as-member-of-the-supreme-court-gorsuch-jumps-right-in/2017/04/17/96856404-2392-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?utm_term=.6be2d3912324&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/us/politics/justice-neil-gorsuch-supreme-court.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170418&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/us/politics/why-gorsuch-may-not-be-so-genteel-on-the-bench.html?emc=edit_cn_20170418&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

The dangers of Trump’s strategic impatience with North Korea

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/04/18/the-dangers-of-trumps-strategic-impatience-with-north-korea/?utm_term=.791b00cdb37c&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Russian state TV says Trump is more dangerous than Kim Jong-Un

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-17/russia-warns-u-s-not-to-use-force-unilaterally-against-n-korea

 

Trump congratulates Erdogan on Turkey vote vastly increasing his powers

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/us/politics/trump-erdogan-turkey-referendum.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170418&nl=first-draft&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-calls-turkeys-erdogan-to-congratulate-him-on-contested-referendum/2017/04/17/f997d306-2397-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?utm_term=.b5383292933f&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Rep. Steve King endorses the Hungarian government’s anti-dissent crackdown

https://thinkprogress.org/steve-king-hungarian-far-right-5b17610610fb

 

How America is losing the credibility war

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/opinion/how-america-is-losing-the-credibility-war.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170418&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

 

Spicer argues that more public disclosure is unnecessary, even harmful

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/us/politics/spicer-argues-that-more-public-disclosure-is-unnecessary-even-harmful.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170418&nl=first-draft&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

White House says Trump won’t release 2016 tax returns because of audit

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/17/white-house-says-trump-wont-release-2016-taxes-because-theyre-already-being-audited/?utm_term=.bb142a94a2d1&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s unreleased taxes threaten yet another campaign promise

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/us/politics/tax-code-overhaul-trump.html

 

Why Trump cannot brush off demands for his tax returns

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/04/17/why-trump-cannot-brush-off-demands-for-his-taxes/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.873318bd4fe7

 

Republican senator booed for defending Trump for not releasing his tax returns

https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/2fb8d5479d00

 

Palm Beach Trump tax return protest organizer: No one paid us

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local/palm-beach-county-trump-tax-return-protest-organizer-one-paid/X4IK4x6KOF7PmHa7XH9AOK/

 

Tallahassee “Indivisible” video taunts Trump on taxes

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/04/17/jeff-trump-story/100571154/

 

White nationalist claims Trump directed rally violence

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/donald-trump-rally-violence-237302

 

Trump 2020 committees paid Trump companies close to $500,000 already

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-2020-committees-paid-trump-companies?utm_content=bufferf8834&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Poll: Big drop in number who think Trump will keep promises

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/04/17/this-brutal-new-poll-shows-that-fewer-and-fewer-people-believe-trumps-lies/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-d%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.3e53b986742d

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/poll-trump-approval-republicans-237289

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-will-not-keep-promises-gallup?utm_content=buffer41c29&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Trump’s ethical transgressions are multiplying. What if there are too many to track?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/04/17/trumps-ethical-transgressions-are-multiplying-what-happens-if-there-are-too-many-to-track/?utm_term=.3ec13917e4d0&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/17/524354874/as-trump-inquiries-flood-ethics-office-director-looks-to-house-for-action

 

Watchdog group expands lawsuit against Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/us/politics/trump-crew-lawsuit-constitution.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170418&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump has spent one out of every five minutes of his presidency in Palm Beach

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/04/17/trump-has-spent-one-out-of-every-five-minutes-of-his-presidency-in-palm-beach/?utm_term=.00850f6426a4&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/is-trump-at-mar-a-lago-website_us_58f4ff92e4b0bb9638e574c9

 

When vacations cost millions

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/when-vacations-cost-millions/2320612

 

Trump’s cake and golf presidency

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-cake-and-golf-presidency/2017/04/17/0bc70fa4-23a4-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?utm_term=.4555e017b443&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

What happens when women legislate

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/opinion/what-happens-when-women-legislate.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20170418&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Science strikes back: Anti-Trump march to draw thousands to Washington

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/18/donald-trumps-march-for-science-washington-climate-change?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=222185&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/science/march-for-science-april-22.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170417&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/science/march-for-science-voices.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170417&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

St. Petersburg will march for science Saturday

http://www.wmnf.org/st-petersburg-march-for-science/

 

 

 

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