Today's news -- August 1, 2017

 

 

 

State education — cited by DeVos— is in chaos *

The K-12 education system in Florida — the one that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos likes to praise as a model for the nation — is in chaos. Traditional public school districts are trying to absorb the loss of millions of dollars for the new school year that starts within weeks. That money, which comes from local property taxes, is used for capital funding but now must be shared with charter schools as a result of a widely criticized $419 million K-12 public education bill crafted by Republican legislative leaders in secret and recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott — at a Catholic school. Critics, including some Republicans, say the law will harm traditional public schools, threaten services for students who live in poverty and curb local control of education while promoting charter schools and a state-funded voucher program. The law creates a “Schools of Hope” system that will turn failing traditional public schools into charter schools that are privately run but publicly funded. The law also sets out the requirement for districts to share capital funding. The man behind the Schools of Hope initiative was Republican House Speaker of Florida Richard Corcoran, whose wife founded a charter school in Pasco County. But as this recent Miami Herald opinion piece notes, a number of Republican lawmakers in the Legislature have financial stakes in the charter industry. “Florida’s broad ethics laws are a joke,” wrote Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago. At a recent meeting of the State Board of Education, superintendents warned that the new fund-sharing requirement puts their school buildings at risk. Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was quoted by WTVY as saying: “You really could see the potential unraveling of long-term maintenance and construction for public school systems across the state. It is not a good indicator when one of the two largest credit rating agencies declares a negative condition for school systems on the basis of a policy statement out of Tallahassee.” That’s a reference to a report issued in June from credit-rating business Moody’s saying that the fund diversion “is credit negative for school districts with significant charter enrollment,” suggesting that their ratings could be lowered. The Broward County School Board has decided to sue over legislation H.B. 7069, alleging that it violates the state Constitution, and other county school boards are expected to do the same thing, sources in the state say. Charter schools are just one of the alternatives to traditional public schools that DeVos, a Michigan billionaire who spends many weekends at her home in central Florida, has praised the state for offering to parents. The school “choice” advocate has frequently called Florida a national model for its range of school choices — including voucher-like programs that use public money for religious and private school tuition — though she doesn’t talk about the consequences of expanding these choices on the schools that educate the vast majority of schoolchildren. You don’t hear DeVos talking about the fact that Florida has for years had one of the highest annual charter closure rates in the country, schools that were closed after financial and other scandal. Or that there is no substantive evidence that voucher-like programs that have channeled billions of taxpayer dollars into scholarships for poor children to attend private and religious schools has boosted the students’ academic trajectories — even while there are no mandated consequences on these schools for poor results. You won’t hear her talk about those things because she has said that her idea of education “accountability” is in itself the expansion of school choice. By this way of thinking, the state that gives parents more options — whatever the quality of those options — is the state that is doing very well. And Florida, as DeVos says, is great at it. Underscoring this notion is a proposal by Florida education officials to ask DeVos’ Education Department for a waiver from key parts of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the massive K-12 law that replaced No Child Left Behind and lays out principles for ensuring that public schools address the needs of the most disadvantaged students. Florida, as first reported by Education Week, no longer wants to judge schools on whether they are closing achievement gaps between different groups of students, or on how well English language learners do on English proficiency tests. Will DeVos — who has said repeatedly that states and local communities should have control over their own education decisions — agree to this? And if she does, will Congress agree that she is properly interpreting ESSA?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/07/22/floridas-education-system-the-one-betsy-devos-cites-as-a-model-is-in-chaos/?utm_term=.52812c48ca94

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/23/education-in-florida-betsy-devoss-model-for-the-nation-is-in-chaos/

 

Will fight to save Florida public education spread? *

Last month the Broward County School Board approved a lawsuit against House Bill 7069. Though legislators crammed more than 50 bills into HB 7069, the Legislature passed it with almost no debate. House leaders, including those with ties to charter schools, crafted HB 7069 in the last days of the session. Despite protests from superintendents and school boards, Gov. Rick Scott signed the legislation. A memo from Barbara Myrick, the board’s general counsel, lists five grounds for a case that the law violates the Florida Constitution:

  • Legislation must cover one subject. HB 7069 changes 69 state statutes.
  • The law restricts school district from carrying out their duty to oversee contracts with charter schools.
  • The program that allocates $140 million to so-called “Schools of Hope” sets no standard for how charter schools could spend that money and thus illegally circumvents local school boards.
  • The law seeks to create a second, private system of public education.
  • Under current law, schools can share public money with charter schools for construction. Under HB 7069, districts would have to share it.

Supporters of the law, which became House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s priority, stuck the controversial provisions into a must-pass budget bill because most couldn’t have passed on their own. Some of the potential damage already is clear. Depriving school districts of construction money could harm their credit rating. Given that prospect, the Broward County School Board acted correctly in approving $25,000 to recruit an outside law firm. Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie told the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board that HB 7069 would create “a parallel school system that could be privately managed without the requisite accountability. It would be a shadow, private system that runs on public dollars.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-editorial-public-education-assault-20170713-story.html

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/editorial-school-board-should-join-legal-fight-against-education-law/Yqo5TuRy8FN4Cqz6EX9dML/

 

School districts gear up to sue state over HB 7069 (Joanne McCall quoted)
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/school-districts-gearing-sue-state-over-hb-7069

 

Palm Beach School Board to sue state over charter school millions

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-palm-school-lawsuit-state-20170719-story.html

http://extracredit.blog.mypalmbeachpost.com/2017/07/19/pbc-school-board-calls-for-suing-state-over-charter-friendly-law-hb-7069/

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/after-defeats-pbc-school-board-readies-new-legal-battle-over-charters/gPmpaA8DiGArvYcrWl4EPM/?ecmp=newspaper_email&

 

Pinellas School Board hashes out the details about joining lawsuit against HB 7069

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pinellas-school-board-hashes-out-the-details-about-joining-lawsuit-against/2330802

 

Lee County School Board votes to join districts planning lawsuit over education law

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2017/07/24/proposed-comprehensive-health-education-plan-public-hearing/504291001/

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2017/07/24/proposed-comprehensive-health-education-plan-public-hearing/504291001/

 

Volusia School District to join other districts suing state

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170725/volusia-school-district-to-join-five-other-districts-suing-state

 

Bay District joins lawsuit against HB 7069

http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170725/bay-district-joins-lawsuit-against-hb-7069

http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170720/bay-school-board-education-bill-is-slimy-underhanded

 

Miami-Dade schools move toward joining lawsuit against state education law
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article163837083.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article163497733.html

 

Pinellas asks legislative delegation for help against unjust funds for charter schools

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pinellas-superintendent-school-board-pen-letter-to-legislative-delegation/2331100

 

Orange School Board mulls joining lawsuit over new education law

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-lawsuit-hb7069-orange-school-board-legislature-20170727-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Duval School Board considers lawsuit

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/education/2017-07-31/duval-board-considers-lawsuit-defends-itself-against-critics

http://jacksonville.com/news/education/2017-07-19/duval-board-discusses-whether-join-challenge-new-education-law

 

Alachua School Board may join lawsuit against state on charter bill

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170718/school-board-may-join-lawsuit-against-state-on-charter-bill

 

Polk School Board weighs joining lawsuit challenging House Bill 7069

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170725/polk-school-board-weighs-joining-lawsuit-challenging-house-bill-7069

 

Sarasota County school district faces decision on joining lawsuit

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170718/sarasota-county-school-district-faces-decision-on-joining-lawsuit

 

Manatee School Board supports lawsuit against state over ed-reform bill. Sort of.

http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/education/article163765808.html

 

No word on potential appeal by Indian River over charter lawsuit

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/education/2017/07/21/no-word-potential-appeal-indian-river-county-school-district-over-charter-lawsuit/493345001/

 

State education bill meets resistance (Apryle Jackson quoted)
http://www.aroundosceola.com/state-education-bill-meets-resistance/

 

Public school activists take aim at state’s support of charter schools (Karla Mats quoted)
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article163111803.html

 

Superintendents to SBOE: Charter giveaway will hurt classrooms

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2017/7/17/superintendents_to_f.html

 

DOE releases guidance on charter giveaway, new school improvement rules

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article162592568.html

 

Charter schools bill is a bad law

http://www.ocala.com/opinion/20170709/editorial-charter-schools-bill-is-bad-law

 

Law boosting charter schools faces justified lawsuit

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/07/20/our-view-law-boosting-charters-expense-public-education-faces-justified-lawsuit/489055001/

 

Florida: The corruption and conflicts of interest behind the charter industry

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/23/florida-the-corruption-and-conflicts-of-interest-behind-the-charter-industry/

 

The school year begins with more kids in charters. What's the impact?

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/the-school-year-begins-with-more-kids-in-charters-whats-the-impact/2331619

 

Lots of questions but few answers

http://amp.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article162921183.html

 

Florida's micromanaging of public schools

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-floridas-micromanaging-of-public-schools/2330479?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

As lawmakers expand vouchers for disabled children, critics question motives (Sharon Nesvig quoted)
http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/07/17/as-lawmakers-expand-vouchers-for-disabled-children-critics-question-motives-113394

 

Volusia school district pares down new hires despite expected growth (Andrew Spar quoted)
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170715/volusia-school-district-pares-down-new-hires-despite-expected-growth

 

“Our schools are struggling due to broken promises” (Letter by Judy NgYing; Andrew Spar and members pictured, FEA mentioned)
http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/20170717/letters--our-schools-are-struggling-due-to-broken-promises

 

Volusia School Board chair leading statewide fight for fairer funding

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170722/volusia-school-board-chair-leading-statewide-fight-for-fairer-funding

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-school-florida-funding-redistribution-20170719-story.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-unfair-school-funding-20170727-story.html

 

Hukill makes another pitch for a study

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170726/hukill-makes-another-pitch-for-dcd-study

 

GOP state senator seeks to reconsider school funding formula, testing inequities

http://staugustine.com/local-news/news/florida/2017-07-28/hutson-asks-state-reconsider-school-funding-formula-testing

 

Polk School Board still doesn’t have state budget calculations (Marianne Capoziello quoted)
http://www.theledger.com/news/20170718/polk-school-board-still-doesnt-have-state-budget-calculations

 

Teachers union “beyond disappointed” after meeting with Brevard negotiators (Dan Bennett and Anthony Colucci quoted)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/28/union/513891001/

 

Brevard School Board's tentative budget includes teacher raises (Dan Bennett quoted)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/01/brevard-school-boards-tentative-budget-includes-teacher-raises/526976001/

 

Education budget jeopardizes raises for Brevard's struggling teachers (Vanessa Skipper quoted)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/16/education-budget-jeopardizes-raises-brevards-struggling-teachers/402971001/

 

Pembroke Pines, charter school teachers at impasse over raises (Anna Fusco quoted)
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/pembroke-pines/fl-sb-pines-teacher-negotiations-20170727-story.html

 

District to Hillsborough teachers: Suggested pay raises would break the bank (Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/district-to-hillsborough-teachers-suggested-pay-raises-would-break-the-bank/2331649

 

Report on Hillsborough's financial woes blames everyone but the district (Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/following-the-money-report-on-districts-financial-woes-blames-everyone-but/2331486

 

School board members want to talk about money. But will they? (Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/following-the-money-school-board-members-want-to-talk-about-money-but-will/2332132

 

New job for Pinellas mentor to first-year teachers (Kali Davis quoted and PCTA mentioned)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/new-job-for-pinellas-mentor-to-first-year-teachers/2330978

 

South Florida schools search for new ways to find teachers (Justin Katz quoted)
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-teacher-recruiting-efforts-20170721-story.html

 

Palm Beach School Board approves budget, public speaking policy (Justin Katz quoted)
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-palm-beach-school-budget-2017-story.html

 

Miami-Dade School Board tentatively approves budget, lower tax rate (Monica Howell quoted)
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article163868188.html

 

Orange charter school shuts down due to low student test scores (Joanne McCall quoted)
https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2017/07/13/orange-county-charter-school-shuts-down-due-to-low-student-test-scores

 

State ignores the success of Miami-Dade public schools

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article161878678.html

 

Survey shows employees praise, fear Hernando superintendent

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/survey-shows-employees-praise-fear-hernando-school-superintendent-romano/2331498?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Gadsden turnaround plan approved -- with the condition it bring in charter operator http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/07/17/gadsden-turnaround-plan-approved-condition-bring-charter-operator-2018/486291001/

 

Clay superintendent says charter likely to close after 2 Fs

http://jacksonville.com/metro/news/education/2017-07-25/clay-superintendent-says-charter-likely-close-after-2-fs

 

Elementary to become community school in Polk pilot program

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170726/crystal-lake-elementary-to-become-community-school-in-polk-pilot-program

 

Here are eight ways Florida's public schools will be different this year

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/here-are-eight-ways-floridas-public-schools-will-be-different-this-year/2331610

 

Florida schools to see slight bump in enrollment

https://www.news4jax.com/education/florida-schools-to-see-slight-bump-in-enrollment

 

Rigorous state test creates concern for state teachers

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35990352/rigorous-state-test-delays-hiring-teachers-statewide

 

School districts tasked with filling math, science teacher shortage

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-florida-math-science-teacher-shortage-20170731-story.html

 

Advocates argue state's public schools are failing homeless students

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/07/25/advocates-argue-floridas-public-schools-are-failing-homeless-students-113603

 

With recess mandate set, some worry schools will water it down

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/with-floridas-recess-mandate-set-to-take-effect-some-worry-schools-will/2331805?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

DOE: Schools can hold recess inside classrooms

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-recess-can-be-held-indoors-state-says-20170718-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170718/florida-schools-can-hold-recess-inside-classrooms/1

 

New law lets public challenge school materials

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170719/textbook-case-new-law-lets-public-challenge-school-materials

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/31/540041860/new-florida-law-lets-residents-challenge-school-textbooks

 

Does public education get a passing grade? Appeals court to decide.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article162175953.html

 

Here's one way state courts can measure a quality education

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-heres-one-way-florida-courts-can-measure-a-quality-education/2331881

 

Students with failing scores on state tests might need higher marks on alternatives

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-florida-tests-high-school-diploma-fsa-eoc-sat-pert-20170714-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Florida's top court leaves ruling intact on “opt out” testing case

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/lawsuit-challenging-floridas-third-grade-retention-law-quietly-ends/2331852

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-opt-out-third-grade-state-tests-20170717-story,amp.html

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/18/florida-state-supreme-court-refuses-to-hear-challenge-to-third-grade-reading-test-kids-lose-stupidity-wins/

 

Judge rules against charter schools in funding case

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/judge-rules-against-charter-schools-in-florida-funding-case/2331735

 

As Scott touts sales tax holiday, tax group labels it poor policy

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/as-scott-touts-sales-tax-holiday-tax-group-labels-it-poor-policy/2331568

 

Teacher tests test teachers (FEA mentioned, Randi Weingarten quoted and NEA mentioned)
http://prospect.org/article/teacher-tests-test-teachers

 

School choice -- past and present (by Randi Weingarten)

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5973981ce4b06b511b02c3de/amp

 

DeVos’ plan to sell out public schools is a Koch brothers dream come true

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/15/betsy-devos-plan-to-sell-out-public-schools-is-a-koch-brothers-dream-come-true/

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/19/jim-hightower-the-plutocrats-scheme-to-eliminate-public-education/

 

Teachers union boss skewers DeVos on vouchers, likening them to segregation (Randi Weingarten quoted)
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/20/union-leader-school-vouchers-polite-cousins-segregation/493617001/

 

DeVos: Trump's illiberal ally seen as most dangerous education chief ever (Randi Weingarten quoted)
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/26/betsy-devos-education-secretary-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=236699&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Deeply unpopular, DeVos and ALEC in lockstep in trying to destroy public education

http://www.alternet.org/education/devos-and-alecs-plan-american-education-ugly-unpopular

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/21/jennifer-berkshire-the-public-rejects-devos-alec-agenda/

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/19/betsy-devos-and-alec-perfect-together/

 

DeVos speech greeted by protesters she calls “defenders of the status quo”

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/07/20/537958123/betsy-devos-latest-speech-draws-protests-even-before-she-speaks (AFT mentioned)

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/07/20/betsy-devos-defends-vouchers-and-slams-aft-in-her-speech-to-conservatives/ (Randi Weingarten quoted)

DeVos: Backlash to school choice a “badge of honor”

https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2017-07-20/betsy-devos-to-state-lawmakers-opposition-to-school-choice-a-badge-of-honor

 

Why is DeVos hiding from the press?

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/in-search-of-the-elusive-betsy-devos#new_tab

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/22/why-is-devos-hiding-from-the-press/

 

In D.C. rally, hundreds protest Trump's planned cuts to education (AFT mentioned)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/ct-public-education-rally-washington-20170722-story.html

 

What the “government schools” critics really mean

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/opinion/donald-trump-school-choice-criticism.html?emc=edit_th_20170731&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

NAACP sticks by its call for charter school moratorium

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/07/26/naacp-report-charter-schools-not-a-substitute-for-traditional-public-schools-and-many-need-reform/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/naacp-school-choice-is-not-the-answer-to-improving-education-for-black-students/2017/07/26/7b4edcf0-721c-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.de8dce028a63

http://www.alternet.org/naacp-school-privatization

 

Charters are constantly burning out teachers -- and they often like it that way

http://www.alternet.org/education/charter-schools-churn-through-teachers

 

What’s happened to the millions already spent on vouchers?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-wants-to-spend-millions-more-on-school-vouchers-but-whats-happened-to-the-millions-already-spent/2017/07/15/ab6002a8-6267-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?utm_term=.b4107d1b8c68

 

Scientific American roasts Trump administration for pushing school vouchers

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/07/26/scientific-american-roasts-trump-administration-for-pushing-school-vouchers-with-no-evidence/?utm_term=.ce6bc6b59d67

 

The Supreme Court and the law of motion

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/opinion/the-supreme-court-and-the-law-of-motion.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170720&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

High-stakes testing may push struggling teachers to younger grades

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/07/14/high-stakes-testing-may-push-struggling-teachers-to-younger-grades-hurting-students/

 

Wanted: Teachers willing to work “in the middle of nowhere”

https://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2017/0712/Wanted-Teachers-willing-to-work-in-the-middle-of-nowhere

 

Transgender students turn to courts as government support erodes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/us/transgender-students-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170714&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

Why Americans think so poorly of the country's schools

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/07/the-education-perception-gap/533898/?utm_source=atltw

 

A detailed critique of a PBS-run education documentary

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/07/17/a-detailed-critique-of-a-pbs-run-education-documentary/?utm_term=.c896b2849968

 

All political issues are education issues (NEA mentioned)
http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170714/cody-miller-all-political-issues-are-education-issues

 

Would teachers be better off with a 401(k) than a pension? Don't believe it

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-nari-rhee-teacher-pensions-20170718-story.html

 

Indiana legislators don’t care about negative results of vouchers

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/20/indiana-legislators-dont-care-about-negative-results-of-vouchers/

 

The story of Indianapolis and the movement to destroy public education

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/23/a-must-read-think-national-fight-local-the-story-of-indianapolis-and-the-dpe-destroy-public-education-movement/

 

Indianapolis public school leaders strip a public school of its teachers union

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2017/07/28/indianapolis-public-school-leaders-stripped-a-traditional-public-school-of-its-teachers-union-and-few-saw-it-coming/

 

Massachusetts professor identifies dark money funding parent group

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/16/massachusetts-professor-identifies-dark-money-funding-parent-group-sets-off-twitter-controversy/

 

Utah lawmakers consider eminent domain for charter schools

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684991/Lawmakers-seek-recommendations-on-eminent-domain-policy-for-charter-schools.amp?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Philadelphia: KIPP gets whatever it wants, despite poor performance

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/17/philadelphia-kipp-gets-whatever-it-wants-despite-poor-performance/

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/17/gary-rubinstein-does-kipp-deserve-to-expand-in-philadelphia/

 

New York City: Teachers evaluated using test scores of students they don’t teach

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/21/new-york-city-most-teachers-evaluated-using-test-scores-of-students-they-dont-teach/

 

DeVos faces backlash over sexual assault policies (Randi Weingarten quoted)
http://www.clickorlando.com/education/devos-faces-backlash-over-sexual-assault-policies

 

DeVos echoes “men’s rights” activists on campus rape

https://thinkprogress.org/devos-campus-rape-6771ac1ca81d

 

Every student deserves to be heard (by Lily Eskelsen García)

http://lilysblackboard.org/2017/07/every-student-deserves-heard/

 

Defending students from sexual assault (Randi Weingarten quoted)
https://www.aft.org/news/defending-students-sexual-assault?link_id=1&can_id=c56f71ef8765350667171cbe3e9c89cc&source=email-defending-students-from-sexual-assault-student-debt-and-more&email_referrer=defending-students-from-sexual-assault-student-debt-and-more&email_subject=defending-students-from-sexual-assault-student-debt-and-more

 

Myths about sexual assault on campus from the U.S. Education Department

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/myths-about-sexual-assault-on-campus-from-the-department-of-education/2017/07/14/6c0e5b4e-6808-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.de84925ef598

 

I was a victim of campus rape, and we cannot let Title IX protections slip

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/column-i-was-a-victim-of-campus-rape-and-we-cannot-let-title-ix/2330792

 

A tangled quest for fairness as students accused of campus sex assault push back

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/a-tangled-quest-for-fairness-as-students-accused-of-campus-sex-assault/2331935?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

I’m a college president. DeVos should help me deal with campus sexual assault.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/13/im-a-college-president-devos-shouldnt-stop-me-from-dealing-with-sexual-assault/?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-posteverything%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.23375210227d

 

Francis Rooney backs off criticism of college “safe zones”

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/education/2017/07/14/francis-rooney-backs-off-comments-college-safe-zones/475043001/

 

How the Trump administration is undermining students of color

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/15/trump-administration-students-color-debt?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=235168&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

The next casualty of DeVos? Civil rights protections on campus

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/18/betsy-devos-education-civil-rights-protections-office?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=235673&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Tallahassee residents file second suit against state over university funds

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/07/24/tallahassee-residents-file-second-suit-against-state-over-university-funds/506852001/

 

Scott cautions universities over spending increases

https://apnews.com/5571d01b2f50496fb8d8f6d86e2ecd8b/Florida-Gov.-cautions-universities-over-spending-increases

 

Negron touts higher ed changed despite veto

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170720/negron-touts-higher-ed-changed-despite-veto

 

Yes, college is a good thing for America and Americans

http://www.tbo.com/news/column-yes-college-is-a-good-thing-for-america-and-americans/2331751

 

A warning, a crusade, and a public reckoning at UF

http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Warning-a-Crusadea/240720?key=f15y8715k1n0EpJg1p9khX8Rf6D84coW8O6HNu-qdkqq4SiVp7XFaSZOhljkPxO4UktEbXdFT1pKSTFlOW94VEc4c2NCTHQ0clBMX2R4OEo0d1FGYkU4NXNmSQ

 

Trump administration is sitting on student debt forgiveness claims

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/07/27/trump-administration-is-sitting-on-tens-of-thousands-of-student-debt-forgiveness-claims/?utm_term=.474282fa7a41

 

Nelson seeks support to cap student loan rates at 4 percent

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/07/14/nelson-seeks-support-cap-student-loan-rates-4-percent/480009001/

http://www.news4jax.com/web/wjxt/news/crippled-by-student-loan-debt-proposed-bill-could-help (Marshall Ogletree quoted)

Brogan to retire as leader of Pennsylvania’s public university system

https://apnews.com/151e4e0c2b9c4f1092b147bb3f3dd692/Leader-of-Pennsylvania's-public-university-system-to-retire

 

State imprisonment rate is 23 percent higher than the national average

http://saintpetersblog.com/report-floridas-imprisonment-rate-23-times-higher-national-average/

 

State withholds essentials from prisoners

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article162565763.html

 

Just another crazy week for Florida government

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-just-another-crazy-week-for-florida-government/2331112?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Unions fight for living wage for Disney workers

http://www.wmnf.org/unions-fight-living-wage-disney-workers/

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-bz-mike-beaver-disney-20170717-story.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/brinkmann-on-business/os-bz-disney-union-wages-20170726-story.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/brinkmann-on-business/os-bz-disney-wage-negotiations-20170724-story.html

https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2017/07/27/disney-workers-unions-seek-wage-hike-as-path-out-of-poverty

http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/local-news/270369840-story

 

Florida's jobless rate looks great -- but 25 other state rates look even better

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/economicdevelopment/trigaux-floridas-jobless-rate-looks-great-8212-but-25-other-state-rates/2331406

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/markets/floridas-unemployment-rate-drops-for-fourth-straight-month/2331079?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Auditor general reports shows AHCA not properly monitoring Medicaid contract

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/07/25/auditor-general-reports-shows-ahca-not-properly-monitoring-medicaid-managed-care-contract-113606

 

Lawsuit to challenge state 24-hour abortion ban

http://news.wfsu.org/post/lawsuit-challenge-florida-24-hour-abortion-ban

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/florida-judge-gives-state-more-time-defend-abortion-waiting-period/TGiAeB3kiKD3qZnRJN0hYM/

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241696-judge-state-abortion-waiting

 

Abortion rights face a full-on assault at the state level

https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/639bc8446653

 

Scott asks court to throw out lawsuit over justices

https://apnews.com/e470d2a045fa4de992e9315746ce4e85/Florida-Gov.-asks-court-to-throw-out-lawsuit-over-justices

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/07/the-fate-of-floridas-supreme-court-could-rest-on-a-day-of-the-week-and-the-case-of-thomas-tappy.html

 

State will pay more than $1 million in legal fees over “docs vs. Glocks”

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241922-legal-fees-docs-glocks

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-taxpayers-to-shoulder-11-million-in-legal-fees-over-docs-vs-glocks/2331317

 

State’s cost for losing lawsuits keeps growing

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170727/floridas-cost-for-losing-lawsuits-keeps-growing/1

 

Water agency boss who bucked scientists put in charge of Enterprise Florida

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/water-agency-boss-who-bucked-scientists-put-in-charge-of-enterprise-florida/2330926

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article162573023.html

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/24/new-enterprise-florida-chief-good-short-term/506742001/

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/cerabino-pulp-non-fiction-antonacci-gov-rick-scott-wolfe/81dPhIvXMZoaAOgFwayQWJ/

 

Uncertainty surrounds state’s $85 million fund for jobs

http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/uncertainty-surrounds-states-dollar85-million-fund-for-jobs

 

Miami lobbyist's business made $1 million profit on state anti-hazing contract

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/22/business-co-founded-lobbyist-pockets-1-million-anti-hazing/474478001/

 

Local officials say higher homestead exemption could reduce government services

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/local/local-officials-say-a-more-generous-homestead-exemption-could-reduce/2331121

 

Storm clouds over flood insurance fixes

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-storm-clouds-over-flood-insurance-fixes/2331115?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Corcoran rearranges House deck chairs; more changes ahead

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/corcoran-rearranges-house-deck-chairs-more-changes-ahead/2331413?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ%20072517&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

How Florida explains our polarized politics

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/342942-how-florida-explains-our-polarized-politics

 

Scott's political team helping directly shape administrat

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