Today's news -- April 20, 2017

 

 

Testing bill shapes up as education train *

A bill aimed at scaling back the number of standardized tests administered in Florida passed its final Senate committee Wednesday after picking up amendments dealing with recess and other education issues. The growth of the measure (SB 926) quickly drew complaints, even from some supporters, that it was becoming an unwieldy "train," a term for late-session bills that glom together different proposals in order to ease passage for one or more of the ideas. The bill, which was unanimously approved by the Senate Rules Committee, would still make several changes to the state's assessment system in the hopes of addressing what critics call over-testing. It would require school districts to begin testing later in the year, eliminate requirements that students take four end-of-course tests in high school and allow students who do well enough on college-entrance and other advanced national exams to skip some state tests. But other provisions that have experienced trouble gaining traction on their own are now traveling along with the bill. One of the more significant changes would require schools to give elementary school students 100 minutes of "free-play recess" each week, including at least 20 minutes each day. A bill requiring recess has passed the Senate but ground to a halt in the House. "We hope that it will give members of the Legislature, both in the Senate and the House, more reason to vote for this great bill," Sen. Anitere Flores, the Miami Republican sponsoring the legislation, said of the amendment. Catherine Baer, chairwoman of The Tea Party Network and a supporter of Flores' recess bill, complained about the amendment --- which ran more than 400 lines and was filed after the deadline for the committee meeting. "We just oppose trains because they lack transparency and are a poor way to legislate public policy," Baer said. The bill was also amended Wednesday to include provisions dealing with excused absences for treatment of autism-spectrum disorders, rolling back caps on teacher bonuses and exempting students in varsity sports from the requirement to take a test in physical education. Some educators have raised concerns about the PE amendment because they say the topics covered on the exam encompass healthy skills that go beyond sports. One amendment that would have set a new standard for "grade level" on state tests was withdrawn after causing confusion at the meeting. The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would have set the bar for grade level at a higher score than is currently used to determine whether, for example, students are allowed to move from the third grade to the fourth grade. Doing so could cause tens of thousands of additional students to miss the mark, and increase the number of schools that receive poor grades on school report cards, according to opponents --- if it were applied to those sections of state law. But staff members told the committee that the language in those sections would likely have to be addressed separately. Brandes pulled the amendment, but said he would likely bring it back when the bill hits the Senate floor. And, during discussion of the idea, he defended it. "I don't think we want to promote children out of third grade who aren't at grade level," he said.

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/testing-bill-shapes-up-as-education-train

 

Duval School Board won’t counter with offer to superintendent (DTU mentioned)
http://jacksonville.com/news/education/2017-04-19/duval-county-school-board-won-t-counter-offer-superintendent-vitti?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

Orange teachers union calls for schools to become sanctuary zones (Wendy Doromal quoted)
http://www.wftv.com/news/local/orange-county-teachers-union-calls-for-schools-to-become-sanctuary-zones/514241413

 

Palm Beach schools approve plan to protect immigrant families

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-pn-schools-sanctuary-school-district-20170419-story.html

 

Jefferson board inks five-year contract with for-profit charter company

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/04/19/jefferson-board-inks-5-year-contract-charter-company/100662738/

 

Lawyers outline venue arguments in Florida third-grade retention case

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/lawyers-outline-venue-arguments-in-florida-third-grade-retention-case/2320880

 

How much does the public understand about effective teaching and learning?

http://neatoday.org/2017/04/06/how-much-does-the-public-understand-about-teaching-and-learning/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=170419neataodayexpress&utm_content=teaching_learning

 

Forgotten purpose: civics education in public schools

http://neatoday.org/2017/03/16/civics-education-public-schools/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=170419neataodayexpress&utm_content=civics

 

What DeVos’ emphasis on “choice” means for school segregation

https://www.thenation.com/article/what-betsy-devoss-emphasis-on-choice-means-for-school-segregation/

 

DeVos, Weingarten lay down arms for first-ever joint school visit (Randi Weingarten quoted)
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/04/19/betsy-and-randi-visit-rural-scool-in-ohio/

 

U.S. Supreme Court weighs state aid to church programs

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/us/politics/supreme-court-church-state.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170419&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/justices-express-sympathy-to-missouri-church-at-supreme-court-hearing/2017/04/19/4d3f8be6-2070-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html?utm_term=.89acb3b7d4e4&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Supreme Court jumps into a playground fight over a phony war on religion

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-supreme-court-picks-a-playground-fight-over-a-phony-war-on-religion/2017/04/19/1c63e204-2540-11e7-b503-9d616bd5a305_story.html?utm_term=.0dbbb3dfcc22&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Supreme Court case could pave the way for vouchers -- or do just the opposite

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/04/19/supreme-court-case-could-pave-the-way-for-vouchers-for-christian-schools-or-do-just-the-opposite/

 

Where did all the black teachers go?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/opinion/where-did-all-the-black-teachers-go.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170420&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

New contract for Seminole State president includes extended pay, free car

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-seminole-college-new-contract-20170418-story.html

 

Artiles asks for forgiveness after offensive remarks

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/04/artiles-asks-for-forgiveness-after-defamatory-remarks-111351

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Florida-Senator-Used-Racial-Slurs-to-Colleagues-Reports-419785973.html

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/miami-gop-senator-loses-chairmanship-apologizes-for-using-racial-slur/SilMTBDEyneqBYWuVUcjAM/

http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2017-04-19/florida-senator-apologizes-cursing-sen-audrey-gibson-faces-formal?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

Legislative complaint seeks to expel Miami lawmaker from Senate

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article145445989.html#emlnl=Afternoon_Update

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/sfl-nsf-miami-senator-racial-apology-20170419-story.html

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/04/19/democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-call-for-resignation-of-artiles-over-racially-offensive-remark-111368

 

Defiant Artiles ready to fight back at black lawmakers calling for his ouster

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/04/19/defiant-artiles-wants-to-depose-black-lawmakers-calling-for-his-ouster-111374

 

Artiles should resign from Senate for racial slurs

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article145486774.html

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-frank-artiles-should-resign-from-florida-senate-for-racial-slurs/2320847

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-artiles-20170419-story.html

 

Artiles' slurs a reminder of Florida's racist past

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-artiles-slurs-a-reminder-of-floridas-racist-past/2320902

 

Artiles' conduct is unbecoming of a senator and a gentleman

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/romano-conduct-unbecoming-of-a-senator-and-a-gentleman/2320929?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Let’s hope someone loves Artiles enough to get him some help

http://saintpetersblog.com/florence-snyder-lets-hope-someone-loves-frank-artiles-enough-get-help/

 

Insider Poll: Artiles should resign or be booted from office (Andy Ford and Ron Bilbao mentioned)

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/fla-insider-poll-sen-artiles-should-resign-or-be-booted-from-office/2320881

 

Artiles delivers Negron his first crisis as Senate president

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/19/will-negron-expel-artiles/100659346/

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/negron-orders-inquiry-miami-senator-obscene-racist-rant/1mY85bJuYa06st630QycuN/

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/04/19/rep-ramon-alexander-deep-concerns-sen-frank-artiles/100657722/

 

Scott calls Artiles' comments “disgusting” but doesn’t say whether he should resign

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/gov-rick-scott-calls-artiles-comments-disgusting-but-declines-to-weigh-in/2320925

 

Another session will end with the reviled write-in loophole intact

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/another-session-will-end-with-the-reviled-write-in-loophole-intact/2320819?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Buzz%204-19-17&utm_email=ff4494767236b06ad566de8ac796ee36

 

State’s chance to fix its “rigged” election system

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/236450-steve-hough-floridas-chance-fix-rigged-election-system

 

Federal funds for hospitals could free up money for budget negotiations

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/19/federal-funds-hospitals-could-free-up-money-budget-negotiations/100653394/

 

Speaker seeks more details on use of secret state money

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/2017/04/19/speaker-seeks-more-details-use-secret-state-money/100657242/

 

Courts are underfunded, under attack

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170419/robert-a-rush-florida-courts-are-underfunded-under-attack

 

Legislature should stop raiding affordable housing money

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-legislature-should-stop-raiding-affordable-housing-money/2320927

 

Businesses like House workers comp bill; workers, lawyers don’t

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/businesses-like-house-workers-comp-bill-workers-lawyers-don/Uu21G5DRQBJKYSTdfLSpRL/

 

Welfare changes in Florida include tougher penalties for recipients

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/welfare-changes-in-florida-include-tougher-penalties-for-recipients/2320942

 

Tax dollars for pro sports will keep flowing

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-florida-sports-subsidies-artilles-scott-maxwell-20170419-story,amp.html

 

Judge asks Bondi for proof she properly required businesses to donate to charities

http://news.wfsu.org/post/judge-asks-bondi-proof-she-properly-required-businesses-donate-charities

 

Trump adviser’s visit to Moscow got the FBI’s attention

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/us/politics/carter-page-russia-trump.html

 

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-election-exclusive-idUSKBN17L2N3

 

The continuing fallout from Trump and Nunes’ fake scandal

http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/the-continuing-fallout-from-trump-and-nuness-fake-scandal

 

Trump threatens to sabotage Obamacare

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/opinion/donald-trump-threatens-to-sabotage-obamacare.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170420&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-must-decide-whether-to-support-or-undermine-obamacare/2017/04/19/a52193d6-2502-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?utm_term=.33469f9a70b2&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Veterans gained health insurance coverage under Obamacare, study says

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article145493304.html

 

Mother of four deported to Mexico as lawyer decries “heartless policy”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/19/trump-immigration-policy-maribel-trujillo

 

California chief justice: Courthouse is not the place for immigration enforcement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/california-chief-justice-the-courthouse-is-not-the-place-for-immigration-enforcement/2017/04/19/b35d5320-2054-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html?utm_term=.b8e6ed8a571d&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

The problem with how Sessions talks about crime

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-problem-with-how-jeff-sessions-talks-about-crime/

 

FCC chairman moves to roll back telecom rules

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/technology/ajit-pai-fcc-telecom-deregulation.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170420&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Scientists: Trump budget cuts would devastate medical research in South Florida

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-reg-nelson-opioid-alternatives-20170419-story.html

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sen-nelson-scripps-scientists-bemoan-trump-proposed-research-cuts/8HgRbkxx8foyNIrndxW93M/

 

Trump’s EPA is reconsidering a rule that limits mercury from power plants

https://thinkprogress.org/mats-delay-pruitt-trump-5c9ad958b44f

 

EPA plans to offer buyouts as part of Trump push to shrink workforce

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/19/epa-plans-to-offer-buyouts-as-part-of-trump-push-to-shrink-workforce/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.429521f0a933

 

Trump’s missing 90-day cyber plan

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/20/trump-cybersecurity-hackers-237385

 

Trump and his aides sow confusion by sending mixed signals on foreign affairs

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-and-his-aides-sow-confusion-by-sending-mixed-signals-on-foreign-affairs/2017/04/19/aefbbcc0-2506-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?utm_term=.f634786ff5f0&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

The risks of the Trump administration hollowing out American leadership

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-be-fooled-trump-is-still-hollowing-out-american-leadership/2017/04/19/d2b64e02-2450-11e7-b503-9d616bd5a305_story.html?utm_term=.f3eb7eb87f0a&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Paging the Trump armada

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/opinion/paging-the-trump-armada.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170420&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/19/donald-trump-north-korea-armada-gaffe?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=222493&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/04/19/trump-administration-defends-how-it-described-ship-movements-amid-north-korean-tensions/?utm_term=.1cf3a2eaaa6a&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

The North Korea-Trump nightmare

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/opinion/the-north-korea-trump-nightmare.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170420&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump administration grudgingly faces reality on the Iran nuclear deal

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/04/19/trump-administration-grudgingly-faces-reality-on-the-iran-nuclear-deal/?utm_term=.efab5b329072&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

No, Mr. President, you can’t do what you want

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-mr-president-you-cant-do-what-you-want/2017/04/19/374c8ece-2534-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?utm_term=.d63c09ea7a1b&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/opinion/a-fake-and-a-fraud.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170420&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Adelson, corporate interests boost Trump inaugural fundraising to record levels

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/19/sheldon-adelson-corporate-interests-boost-trump-inaugural-fundraising-to-record-levels/?utm_term=.608f79f1ce81&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump's campaign legal fees top $4 million

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/20/trump-legal-fees-237386

 

Stone helped Trump get elected president -- now he’s helping himself

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/roger-stone-a-master-of-dark-political-arts-is-playing-the-russia-scandal-for-all-its-worth/2017/04/18/1518184e-236f-11e7-b503-9d616bd5a305_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_rogerstone-830pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.27dcb21b8870

 

Trump gets his 100-day report card

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/20/donald-trump-grades-report-card-237378

 

Trump’s claim that “no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/04/20/trumps-claim-that-no-administration-has-accomplished-more-in-the-first-90-days/?utm_term=.5370fc096671&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

This is what the beginning of the end of democracy looks like

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/04/19/this-is-what-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-democracy-looks-like/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.365e64f2c2e5

 

The March for Science could save lives

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-march-for-science-could-save-lives/2017/04/19/d042f956-2476-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?utm_term=.b786f1bb911d&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

March for Science on Saturday — get off sidelines, make a difference

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/os-ed-why-i-march-for-science-new-voice-20170419-story.html

 

Sanders rallies Democrats in Miami to push back against Trump

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article145644384.html

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-democrats-bernie-sanders-perez-20170418-story.html

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/04/dnc-chair-tom-perez-calls-out-carlos-curbelo-in-miami.html

 

 

 

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