Today's news -- August 10, 2017

 

 

 

Miami-Dade agrees to join suit over HB 7069 *

Miami-Dade joined a growing number of school districts challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s sweeping new education law. At a School Board meeting Wednesday, board members voted 8-1 to join litigation seeking to overturn portions of a bill some critics say was designed to boost the fortunes of the politically powerful charter school industry. One provision forces school districts to share with charter schools local tax dollars earmarked for school construction and maintenance and others limit the board’s authority over charter schools. “We’ve got to have the courage to do what is right,” said Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, a member of the board that oversees the state’s largest public school system. “We’ve got to do the right thing and the right thing would be to have courage to fight for the children who cannot fight for themselves.” Miami-Dade is one of seven districts to pledge to join a lawsuit so far -- but none has yet actually filed one to challenge what’s known as House Bill 7069. In early July, Broward County schools became the first, followed by St. Lucie, Volusia, Lee, and Bay school districts. Palm Beach also voted to authorize joining a suit Wednesday. In total, including a $30,000 commitment from Miami-Dade, the districts have set aside just $150,000 for a potential legal challenge. That’s a modest amount for what could be a major political and legal battle, pitting the authority of local school districts against the power of Florida lawmakers to set education policy. While the board approved a potential suit, it also sent a signal that Miami-Dade would prefer not taking legal action. Members agreed to send a letter asking state leaders for a special legislative session to discuss the law’s impacts on school boards before joining any formal legal challenge. Other counties also may soon join the opposition. At least 10 additional districts are still considering a lawsuit, according to a query by the Herald/Times of the state’s 67 school districts in late July. It’s unclear who would file the suit, although Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho indicated at Wednesday’s meeting that the districts were leaning toward agreeing on a single lawsuit and filing jointly. The suit is the latest development in a bitter fight over the education law, which has sparked controversy since it was passed during the final days of the 2017 legislative session. School administrators, teachers’ unions and parent groups unsuccessfully urged Gov. Rick Scott to veto the bill, arguing that many of the provisions favored charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools. Sen. Gary Farmer, a Democrat from Lighthouse Point who has been a vocal critic of the education law, applauded the efforts of the school districts that have voted to sue. “I’m very pleased that so many districts have signed on,” Farmer said. “The stakes couldn’t be higher. I really believe that if 7069 remains law in the state of Florida, it is the precursor to the demise of public education as we know it and it’s the first step to full privatization, which I think is their ultimate goal.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article166350527.html

http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-county-school-board-votes-authorize-legal-action-against-hb7069 (UTD mentioned)

Palm Beach joins suit over HB 7069 *

Palm Beach County School Board members voted Wednesday to join at least six other Florida school boards in a lawsuit over charter school-friendly legislation passed this spring and signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June. Without discussion or debate, board members unanimously authorized joining a growing group of school boards planning to sue the state on the grounds that parts of a controversial education bill, House Bill 7069, violate Florida’s constitution. Board members OK’d paying up to $25,000 in legal fees to participate in the planned lawsuit. They would still have to sign off before officially joining any litigation. More than a dozen county school boards across the state are mulling whether to join the lawsuit. School Board General Counsel said six others are officially on board: Broward, Miami-Dade, St. Lucie, Volusia, Lee and Bay counties. Miami-Dade’s school board also voted Wednesday to join the planned legal action.

http://extracredit.blog.mypalmbeachpost.com/2017/08/09/pbc-school-board-joins-suit-over-charter-friendly-education-law/?ecmp=newspaper_email

 

Citrus School Board does away with VAM

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/citrus-county-school-board-does-away-with-value-added-measure-vam/2333158

 

Pinellas union head: Teachers spend own money on classroom supplies (Mike Gandolfo quoted)
http://www.wmnf.org/union-head-teachers-spend-money-classroom-supplies/

 

State requirement for 20 minutes of recess sends schools scrambling (Vicki Rodriguez quoted in first link)
http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/education/2017/08/09/planning-play-state-requirement-20-minutes-recess-sends-schools-scrambling/512190001/

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pinellas-revises-its-recess-guidance/2333184

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/education/martin-county-schools/2017/08/09/earlier-elementary-start-times-approved-martin-county-school-board/550565001/

 

2,000 signatures needed to help Clay students get 40,000 free books (Renna Lee Paiva quoted and AFT mentioned)
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/data/education/2000-signatures-needed-to-help-clay-co-students-get-40000-free-books/463264803

 

In reversal, Palm Beach schools will let kids watch August 21 eclipse

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local-education/update-reversal-pbc-schools-will-let-kids-watch-aug-eclipse/F1OjmKQTaaMFTr9kmlLsXK/

 

Uptick in guns brought to Florida schools

http://cbs12.com/news/cbs12-investigates/cbs12-investigates-uptick-in-guns-brought-to-florida-schools

 

Florida lawmaker proposes unregulated school visits for lawmakers

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-lawmaker-proposes-unregulated-school-visits-for-florida-lawmakers/2333207

 

Ohio: If it’s about money, money, money, it’s also about charter schools

http://plunderbund.com/2017/08/07/if-its-about-money-money-money-its-also-about-charter-schools/

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/08/09/ohio-its-not-about-the-kids-its-about-the-money/

 

Arizona: Public school advocates block voucher expansion plans

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/08/09/arizona-public-school-advocates-block-voucher-expansion-plans/

 

The real issue in the campus speech debate: Universities are under assault

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/08/09/the-real-issue-in-the-campus-speech-debate-the-university-is-under-assault/?utm_term=.b9378f5e9053

 

Students to see financial aid expansion

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170809/students-to-see-financial-aid-expansion

 

Florida's private-sector jobs dip 2.5 percent in July

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-adp-july-jobs-20170808-story.html

 

Constitution Revision Commission's timing worries residents

http://www.wtvy.com/content/news/Constitution-Revision-Commissions-timing-worries-Florida-residents-439564143.html

 

Senators begin filing general bills for 2018 session

http://saintpetersblog.com/senators-begin-filing-general-bills-2018-session/

 

NOAA: Hurricane season forecast to be most active since 2010

http://www.tampabay.com/news/weather/hurricanes/noaa-releases-bleak-update-on-hurricane-season-now-forecast-to-be-most/2333188?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/08/09/2017-hurricane-season-could-most-active-since-2010-video/550221001/

 

Miami faces greater hurricane danger than when Andrew hit, study finds

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-miami-hurricane-danger-20170809-story.html

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/242776-insurer-miami-vulnerable-hurricanes-like-andrew

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/weather/2017/08/07/florida-face-61-percent-chance-hurricane-hit/545890001/

 

Higher pay sought for FHP troopers

http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/higher-pay-sought-fhp-troopers

 

A speeding ticket quota at FHP? You decide

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/ticket-quota-at-florida-highway-patrol-you-be-the-judge/2333251

 

The sea level did, in fact, rise faster in the Southeast

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/climate/the-sea-level-did-in-fact-rise-faster-in-the-southeast-us.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Seeing growth in jobs, but not in pay

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/seeing-growth-in-jobs-but-not-in-pay/2333238

 

Don’t believe arguments about how corporate tax cuts help middle class

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/08/10/you-probably-knew-this-but-dont-believe-arguments-about-how-corporate-tax-cuts-help-the-middle-class/?utm_term=.4a79e3867d63

 

How did they get so rich?

https://jacobinmag.com/2017/08/wealth-inequality-capital-new-york-times

 

Manafort’s home searched as part of Mueller inquiry

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/paul-manafort-home-search-mueller.html?emc=edit_th_20170810&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fbi-conducted-predawn-raid-of-former-trump-campaign-chairman-manaforts-home/2017/08/09/5879fa9c-7c45-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.06d07409f392

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/09/predawn-raid-two-words-that-just-added-huge-intrigue-to-the-russia-investigation/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.d22dfca30053

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/fbi-raid-target-paul-manafort-palm-beach-gardens-resident/17uJ8GtftZ1se428UpkCFO/

 

Trump called for acting FBI director’s firing hours after raid on Manafort’s home

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-called-for-acting-fbi-directors-firing-hours-after-fbi-agents-raided-paul-manaforts-home-7c702db9ab82/

 

Feds sought cooperation from Manafort's son-in-law

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/09/manafort-fbi-son-law-241464

 

Trump’s legal team is no match for Mueller’s

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-10/trump-s-legal-team-is-no-match-for-mueller-s

 

Study: Trump Actions Trigger Health Premium Hikes

http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/study-trump-actions-trigger-health-premium-hikes#stream/0

 

McConnell’s “excessive expectations” comment draws Trump’s ire

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/mitch-mcconnell-trump-health-care.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170809&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-steps-up-attacks-on-mcconnell-for-failure-on-health-care-reform/2017/08/10/a3d49d1e-7dbf-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.07711aa90eb0

http://www.nkytribune.com/2017/08/mcconnell-visits-to-the-florence-rotary-includes-discussion-about-tax-reform-health-care-and-tweeting/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/09/republicans-are-airing-their-dirty-laundry-on-obamacare/?utm_term=.d52a931dc3fc

 

GOP senator: McCain’s brain tumor “might have factored in” to his healthcare vote

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ron-johnson-mccains-brain-tumor-might-have-factored-in-to-his-no-vote?utm_content=buffer8e6e5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Trump ignores his own commission’s advice on opioids

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-ignores-his-own-commissions-advice-on-opioids/2017/08/09/a31e078c-7d35-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.1af3aa4653dd

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/09/trump-administration-says-solving-opioid-crisis-an-absolute-priority-but-it-hasnt-done-much-about-it-so-far/?utm_term=.aac2aeac8484

 

Study: Doctors received $46 million from drug companies marketing opioids

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/08/09/study-doctors-received-more-than-46-million-from-drug-companies-marketing-opioids/?utm_term=.b62f01624f17

 

Mental health experts: Punishment not way to stop overdoses

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-08-10/health-issues/mental-health-experts-punishment-not-way-to-stop-overdoses/a58929-1

 

Collier, Lee mental health leaders: Fed opioid aid benefits drug companies

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/09/collier-lee-mental-health-leaders-federal-opioid-grant-benefits-pharmaceutical-companies/553680001/

 

Proof that ICE targets immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for decades

https://thinkprogress.org/private-prison-profits-55f9d7dfebaa/amp/

 

California crops rot as immigration crackdown creates farmworker shortage

http://fortune.com/2017/08/08/immigration-worker-shortage-rotting-crops/

 

Trump’s policy raises old fears among Congress’s children of immigrants

https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/trumps-immigration-policy-raises-old-fears-among-congresss-children-of-immigrants/2017/08/09/862f71da-6d7f-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html?utm_term=.c93b111c75e4

 

Ideology trumps crime-fighting at Sessions’ Justice Department

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ideology-trumps-crime-fighting-at-sessionss-justice-department/2017/08/09/6b714040-7d23-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html?utm_term=.82ee8d348a21

 

Closing the courthouse door

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/opinion/republicans-class-action-sue-banks.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170810&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

In the age of Trump, the dollar no longer seems a sure thing

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/business/dollar-trump-stock-market.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

 

Scant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded weed killer crisis

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scant-oversight-corporate-secrecy-preceded-us-weed-killer-crisis_us_598b6e7ae4b0d793738c62bd?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__081017&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__081017+CID_d5ea1f842916de17544b5c56f2808fd2&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Reuters&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__081017

 

The unvarnished truth about climate change

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-the-unvarnished-truth-about-climate-change/2333234?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Active-duty military members sue Trump over transgender ban

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/active-duty-military-members-sue-trump-over-transgender-ban/2017/08/09/795e2f50-7d1a-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.40fb384838a6

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/5-transgender-service-members-sue-trump-over-military-ban.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170809&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/09/lgbt-rights-groups-sue-over-possible-ban-on-trans-people-in-the-military?CMP=edit_2221

 

Deep divisions emerge in Trump team as North Korea threatens war

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/north-korea-nuclear-threat-rex-tillerson.html?emc=edit_th_20170810&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

North Korea details plan to fire missile salvo toward Guam

https://apnews.com/74ed5e07efc94759ba335a51e80de6dc/North-Korea-details-plan-to-fire-missile-salvo-toward-Guam

 

Fears of missiles, and words

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/opinion/north-korea-trump-fire-fury.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170810&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

It’s not too late on North Korea

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/opinion/susan-rice-trump-north-korea.html?_r=0

 

Trump’s threat to North Korea was improvised

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/trump-north-korea.html?emc=edit_th_20170810&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump claims undue credit for revamping nuclear arsenal

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/trump-claims-undue-credit-for-revamping-nuclear-arsenal.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170809&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/09/trumps-bizarre-brag-about-the-nuclear-arsenal-doesnt-square-with-reality/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.c34978d2376a

 

The Trump cleanup patrol just had its biggest job yet

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-aides-to-world-keep-calm-and-ignore-trump/2017/08/09/5ef0e958-7d3f-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html?utm_term=.f3200883efc1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/once-again-trump-has-done-all-he-can-to-divide-us/2017/08/09/9baa046c-7d29-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html?utm_term=.ee221c87bf88

 

Nelson: Sparring between U.S., North Korea needs to ease

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-bz-bill-nelson-north-korea-20170809-story.html

 

Francis Rooney says Trump is doing “the right thing” with North Korea

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/08/09/congressman-rooney-says-trump-doing-the-right-thing-north-korea/552775001/

 

Inside Blackwater founder’s secret proposal to outsource the war in Afghanistan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/08/09/inside-erik-princes-secret-proposal-to-outsource-the-war-in-afghanistan/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.5adcbf8f1aaa

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/08/10/blackwaters-founder-wants-trump-to-outsource-the-afghanistan-war-why-thats-so-risky/?utm_term=.5c9601361a27

 

Trump's indecision on Afghanistan leaves generals in lurch

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/10/trump-afghanistan-generals-indecision-241463

 

White House fights with State Department over how far to go on Venezuela

http://amp.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article166342377.html

 

Wall Street Journal editorial board goes after Bannon

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wall-street-journal-bannon-editorial?utm_content=buffer1f57b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

All the ways in which the Trump administration violated basic ethics rules

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-administration-violated-basic-ethics-rules-542205ad3784/

 

 

 

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