Today's news -- August 3, 2017

 

 

Suing state over HB 7069 is understandable move *

Sometimes you have to stand up for principles and principals. So, unfortunate as it is to see taxpayers supporting each side in a lawsuit, Lee County School Board members made the right decision last week to go to court against the state over approval of House Bill 7069. Lee board members unanimously agreed to join the collaborative suit, initially committing $25,000 of legal fees. A half-dozen school boards in Florida voted in July to challenge the Legislature’s passage of the measure, with five agreeing to join in one suit. Meanwhile, the Palm Beach School Board wants to pursue a separate filing to make defending HB 7069 more difficult on the state, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Sunshine State News recently reported that about 15 other school boards across Florida are to consider this month whether to join the collaborative lawsuit. Collier’s School Board will discuss the matter this month, despite strenuous objections by two of its members. HB 7069, signed in June by Gov. Rick Scott, was a sweeping measure pushed by House leadership that blended various unrelated education bills into one 275-page concoction. Despite some pluses in HB 7069, our editorial board has cited its many objections to the measure, including the way it was secretly compiled with so many disconnected ideas and then jammed through at session’s end. We’ve objected to diverting taxpayer dollars from capital projects needed in traditional public schools to charter campus operators based on their student enrollment. Local school boards should decide if specific capital expenditures on any campus warrant taxpayer dollars. Now, various districts’ legal expenses to pursue the lawsuit as plaintiffs and the state’s costs for attorneys to defend HB 7069 both fall to taxpayers. We’d blame the Legislature’s flawed actions for causing this battle.

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/08/02/editorial-suing-state-over-hb-7069-understandable-move-school-boards/532677001/

 

Report: GOP state Senate leaders feuded over massive education bill (Jeff Wright quoted)
http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/07/31/controversial-charter-school-bill-faced-treacherous-road-in-senate-text-messages-show-113708

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-politico-education-law-20170802-story.html

 

Joanne McCall on TV this weekend
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/tv/tv-guy/os-et-teresa-jacobs-talks-opioid-housing-crises-20170802-story.html

 

Duval approves more than 150 teacher terminations just weeks before start of year

http://jacksonville.com/news/education/2017-08-02/duval-school-board-approves-more-150-teacher-terminations-just-weeks-start

 

Orange seeks grants to boost pay at schools

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-teacher-bonuses-orange-state-grant-20170802-story.html

 

Volusia School Board chairwoman asks Pasco board to join funding fight

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/volusia-school-board-chairwoman-asks-pasco-board-to-join-funding-fight/2332345

 

Pasco School Board signals intent to revise grading model for end-of-year exams

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/pasco-school-board-signals-intent-to-revise-grading-model-for-end-of-year/2332353

 

Algebra test alternatives still in play for Florida high schoolers

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/algebra-test-alternatives-still-in-play-for-florida-high-schoolers/2332385

 

What to know before the tax-free shopping holiday starts Friday

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/retail/what-to-know-before-the-tax-free-shopping-holiday-starts-friday/2332424?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170802/state-tax-holiday-kicks-off-friday

 

ALEC’s attack on public education

http://progressive.org/dispatches/alec%E2%80%99s-attack-on-public-education-a-report-from-the-frontlin/#.WYHxRiBFHJk.facebook

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/08/03/the-progressive-inside-alecs-attack-on-public-schools/

 

Is the head of Phoenix charter school getting too creative with the rules?

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/is-phoenix-charter-school-metro-arts-institutes-head-of-school-matthew-baker-getting-too-creative-with-the-rules-9510486

 

What’s the link between charters, political donations and certification in New York?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/08/02/whats-the-link-between-charter-schools-political-donations-and-teacher-certification-in-new-york/?utm_term=.5f7ff169c8ba

 

Detroit charter school teachers won’t get paid -- but investors do

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/detroit/2017/07/26/detroit-charter-school-teachers-get-tough-news-their-school-was-in-debt-so-they-wont-get-paid/

 

Trump administration reopens debate over race and college admissions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/08/02/trump-administration-reopens-volatile-debate-over-race-and-college-admissions/?utm_term=.69e8f3e27f0e

 

Actually, we still need affirmative action in college admissions. Here’s why.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/08/02/actually-we-still-need-affirmative-action-for-african-americans-in-college-admissions-heres-why/?utm_term=.3311601663e0

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/opinion/college-discrimination-whites-donald-trump-.html?emc=edit_th_20170803&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump doesn’t care about affirmative action. So why restart the war?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-doesnt-care-about-affirmative-action-so-why-restart-the-war/2017/08/02/97d815bc-77a3-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.b41bde52c18c

 

Don’t use Asian Americans to justify anti-affirmative action politics

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/08/03/dont-use-asian-americans-to-justify-anti-affirmative-action-politics/?utm_term=.dd4a3cba7f47

 

The Trump administration takes up the cause of oppressed white people

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/08/02/the-trump-administration-takes-up-the-cause-of-oppressed-white-people/?utm_term=.e1d929a846aa

https://thinkprogress.org/jeff-sessions-affirmative-action-bbbf72e85456

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/08/03/sessions-plan-to-sue-schools-for-anti-white-bias-would-reinforce-white-dominance/?utm_term=.faac6b045d1c

 

As Trump takes on affirmative action, let’s remember how Kushner got into Harvard

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/2/16084226/jared-kushner-harvard-affirmative-action

 

Sessions’ move to take on affirmative action energizes Trump’s base

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessionss-move-to-take-on-affirmative-action-energizes-trumps-base/2017/08/02/771285b4-779f-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.ebdca546afc6

 

Why Florida schools might steer clear if Trump shakes up affirmative action

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/why-florida-schools-might-steer-clear-of-trouble-if-trump-shakes-up/2332447?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

In response to board concerns, PHSC president vows to make changes

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/in-response-to-board-concerns-phsc-president-vows-to-make-changes/2332293?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Students to see financial aid expansion

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170802/students-to-see-financial-aid-expansion

 

Florida cops give black and Hispanic drivers harsher speeding tickets

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-speeding-tickets-cost-more-if-youre-black-hispanic-9542615

 

Senate OKs seven new VA medical facilities for Florida

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article164972817.html

 

More money needed for state’s child-welfare first responders

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/editorial-more-money-needed-for-state-child-welfare-first-responders/fv361nXsLoFa8OdRGX5qJP/

 

The money, gifts and trips edition

http://findout.typepad.com/the_fine_print/2017/07/inside-the-tallahassee-bubble-money-gifts-and-trips-edition.html

 

Claim bills first legislation filed for 2018 session

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170802/claim-bills-first-legislation-filed-for-2018-session

 

After “hard and messy” battle, Visit Florida faces new problems

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/after-hard-and-messy-battle-visit-florida-faces-new-problems/2332485

 

UAW faces big hurdles in Nissan unionization vote

http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2017/08/01/uaw-unionization-vote-nissan/524158001/

 

Sanders attacks Nissan for “vicious” anti-union campaign

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/bernie-sanders-attacks-nissan-anti-union-campaign?CMP=edit_2221

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/nissan-workers-union-bernie-sanders?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=237847&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

AFSCME leader is in the fight of his life

http://splinternews.com/americas-biggest-public-union-leader-is-in-the-fight-of-1797231098

 

Trump nominee for OPM chief withdraws amid criticism from unions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/08/02/trump-nominee-for-opm-chief-withdraws-amid-criticism-from-unions/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e30f8308b005

 

Appeals court won't block Kobach deposition

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/08/02/kris-kobach-trump-voter-registration-deposition-241257

 

Finding common ground, despite ideological divides

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/opinion/bipartisan-voter-fraud-mississippi.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170803&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

To protect voting, use open-source software

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/opinion/open-source-software-hacker-voting.html?emc=edit_th_20170803&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Wall Street, climbing sharply, skips Washington’s “soap opera”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/business/economy/stock-market-trump-economy.html?emc=edit_th_20170803&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Nearly half of America doesn’t benefit from Dow 22,000

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/02/nearly-half-of-america-doesnt-benefit-from-dow-22000/?utm_term=.b46a97b5b7d0

 

Congress wants Trump Jr. phone records related to Russia meeting

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/345083-congress-wants-trump-jr-phone-records-related-to-russia-meeting

 

Top FBI officials could testify against Trump
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/3/16084246/mueller-obstruction-case-stronger-trump-surrogates

 

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to protect special counsel's job

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/national/bipartisan-senate-bill-aims-protect-special-counsel-job-article-1.3379362

 

Trump’s new top aide assures Sessions his job is safe

https://apnews.com/0d5486490cf94f7cb99517ed1abbf07e

 

Oh, wait. Maybe it was collusion.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/opinion/donald-trump-russia-collusion-cia.html?emc=edit_th_20170803&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, but makes clear he’s not happy about it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-signs-russia-sanctions-bill-but-makes-clear-hes-not-happy-about-it/2017/08/02/7a55b448-77b9-11e7-803f-a6c989606ac7_story.html?utm_term=.745a21b28bf0

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/europe/trump-russia-sanctions.html?emc=edit_th_20170803&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Congress readies Round 2 with Trump on Russia

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/02/trump-russia-congress-missiles-putin-241269

 

Trump lawyer also represents a Russian bank

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/europe/marc-kasowitz-trump-lawyer-also-represents-a-russian-bank.html?src=twr

 

House Judiciary chairman’s priority: Investigating Clinton, not Russia

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-02/trump-s-russia-ties-get-no-scrutiny-as-house-panel-eyes-clinton

 

Cutting payments to insurers could end up costing the government more

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/08/02/cutting-payments-to-insurers-could-spike-premiums-and-end-up-costing-the-government-more/?utm_term=.086454d508e2

 

Lawyers, lawmakers leave Trump administration in limbo on Obamacare subsidies

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/02/trump-obamacare-subsidies-241277

 

New bipartisan Obamacare push faces steep climb

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/03/obamacare-bipartisan-senate-alexander-murray-241271

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/opinion/bipartisan-health-care-trump.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170803&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

GOP clash looms over raising the debt ceiling

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/03/debt-ceiling-republicans-clash-congress-241263

 

He went to ICE to tell agents he had gotten into college. He got deported.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/he-went-to-ice-to-tell-agents-he-had-gotten-into-college-now-he-and-his-brother-have-been-deported/2017/08/02/11b10772-779a-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.5903b9399186

 

Republican senators introduce bill sharply limiting legal immigration

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-cotton-perdue-immigration-bill-bc81c0659866

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/us/politics/trump-immigration.html?_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/02/trump-gop-senators-to-introduce-bill-to-slash-legal-immigration-levels/?utm_term=.49d409194402

 

Trump says the proposed immigration bill will raise wages for Americans. It won’t.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-says-the-proposed-immigration-bill-will-raise-wages-for-americans-it-wont/2017/08/02/1fcbe3ce-77a2-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.aaee8d5dc0b3

 

Trump’s war on legal immigration would cripple the economy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-war-on-legal-immigrants-will-cripple-the-economy/2017/08/02/c4f0de20-77c2-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.d5f8a6204255

 

It’s a mistake for Trump to cut legal immigration in half

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/02/its-a-grave-mistake-for-trump-to-cut-legal-immigration-in-half/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.463c42366ebf

 

Plan to hire 15,000 border and immigration personnel isn’t justified, watchdog says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-plan-to-hire-15000-border-and-immigration-personnel-isnt-justified-federal-watchdog-says/2017/08/02/c9345136-77a1-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.1845a1d762d7

 

Border Patrol ordered to block congressmen during travel ban

http://www.thedailybeast.com/border-patrol-ordered-to-block-congressmen-during-travel-ban?ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__080317

 

White House uses debunked Mariel boatlift study to propose immigration crackdown

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/stephen-miller-uses-debunked-mariel-boatlift-study-to-back-trump-immigration-crackdown-9545760

 

White House distances itself from the poem on the Statue of Liberty

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stephen-miller-statue-of-liberty_us_5982281fe4b00f0084adcd0e?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__BREAKING__%202017-08-02%20White%20House%20Distances%20Itself%20From%20The%20Poem%20On%20The%20Statue%20Of%20Liberty&utm_content=__BREAKING__%202017-08-02%20White%20House%20Distances%20Itself%20From%20The%20Poem%20On%20The%20Statue%20Of%20Liberty+CID_d47287e21ad6bd5ce47fbc30b5ffdcc2&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Read%20More&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__BREAKING__%202017-08-02%20White%20House%20Distances%20Itself%20From%20The%20Poem%20On%20The%20Statue%20Of%20Liberty

 

Florida driver’s license office had a parking problem, turns away legal immigrants

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/florida-dmv-office-immigrants_us_5980ec46e4b09d24e993ac2f?r8n&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__080317&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__080317+CID_21f5438cfb88b64eb39a6bc0e16e9f13&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=HuffPost&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__080317

 

Senate sends G.I. Bill expansion to Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/us/politics/gi-bill-senate-expansion.html?emc=edit_cn_20170803&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Senate Democrats seek to outdo Trump on trade

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/us/politics/senate-democrats-seek-to-outdo-trump-on-trade.html?emc=edit_cn_20170803&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump and Zinke are purging climate scientists for telling the truth

https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-and-ryan-zinke-are-purging-climate-scientists-for-telling-the-truth/

 

Kelly cracks down on West Wing back channels to Trump

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/02/john-kelly-trump-west-wing-241268

 

Trump keeps his conservative movement allies closest

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/us/politics/trump-conservative-republicans.html

 

Feasting on false and fake

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/opinion/donald-trump-russia-lies.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170803&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump makes up two phone calls in one week

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-makes-up-2-phone-calls-in-one-week-b0f8ebef646c

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/us/politics/those-calls-to-trump-white-house-admits-they-didnt-happen.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170802&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/02/boy-scouts-and-mexico-both-deny-claims-of-calling-trump-to-offer-praise?CMP=edit_2221

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/02/trump-says-the-boy-scouts-head-told-him-his-speech-was-the-greatest-he-appears-to-have-exaggerated-or-imagined-this/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.20b67e3e43f6

https://apnews.com/b5380498322c4da39e1b7a7864fe531e?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/02/white-house-two-phone-calls-claimed-by-trump-but-disputed-by-others-were-actually-in-person-conversations/?utm_term=.c6a191130487

 

Trump is a serial liar, even when it comes to trivial issues

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/donald-trump-is-a-serial-liar-even-when-it-comes-to-trivial-issues/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Trump’s golf game tells us an awful lot about Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2017/08/02/dc3502d6-77be-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.99a90a7a2580

http://deadspin.com/donald-trump-clears-time-in-his-busy-schedule-to-compla-1797490189?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

 

“It’s just an embarrassing spectacle at this point”

https://www.vox.com/2017/8/3/16072242/donald-trump-matt-taibbi-interview-scaramucci

 

A reporter pressed the White House for data. That’s when things got tense.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/08/02/a-reporter-pressed-the-white-house-for-data-thats-when-things-got-tense/?utm_term=.32e5f99b216d

 

Confusion, anger inside Fox News over lack of answers in network's Seth Rich probe

http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/02/media/fox-news-seth-rich-investigation/index.html

 

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