Today's news -- August 4, 2017



 

 

For GOP, HB 7069 and CRC go hand in hand * (by Mark Castellano)

A recent editorial in the Tampa Bay Times made some illuminating and concerning points regarding the creation of HB 7069, the so-called "education" bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June. The Republican leadership has come up with a new catchphrase to attempt to justify their blatant taxpayer funded giveaway to for-profit charter school corporations: the money should "follow the student." Except it doesn't; it ends up in for-profit corporate accounts, while public school districts must subsidize charters in new and unprecedented ways beyond just student funding. As Tallahassee attorney Ron Meyer points out, the Florida Constitution calls for the state to create a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high-quality system of free public schools that allows student[s] to obtain a high quality education." Meyer clarifies that the state is required "to fund a system, not the children." He points out that this bill is "ripe for a challenge," specifically a legal challenge, as has resulted with so much of the partisan education legislation since Scott took office. So far we are hearing that discussions are taking place among the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA), the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS), the Florida Parent Teacher Association (FPTA), and of course, the Florida Education Association (FEA), to determine if they will mount legal challenges to HB 7069. At the time this is written Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Bay, and as of last week, Lee County school boards have chosen to challenge HB 7069 in the courts. Numerous other districts are also considering joining the suit. What those challenges will look to accomplish is yet to be revealed. However, bigger picture concerns arise out of the looming Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). This is a group whose original intent, I am sure, was to take a bipartisan or non-partisan look at the Florida Constitution every 20 years and make suggestions for changes. However, since Florida is, at least in recent years, a one-party state controlled by Republicans, the CRC has become a completely partisan effort. Nearly all appointees are Republicans with partisan agendas. This promotes an increasingly divisive climate in an already bitterly divided state. House Speaker Richard Corcoran has not attempted to hide the partisan direction in which he intends to push the CRC. When talking about his desire to allow public school funding to go to charters, private schools, home-schooling, or virtual schools, without being subject to legal challenges based on unconstitutional grounds, he said he will "definitely be looking for a way to make it clearer what can and can't be done for public education." This is the most important battle we will face in 2018. It is important that people become familiar with the rules that dictate how the CRC does its work (e.g. The CRC can write proposed amendments and place them on the ballot without judicial review, who and how the commission members are selected, etc.). Bottom line: the proposed changes we can expect to see on the ballot in 2018 in relation to public education will be designed to give Republicans a free hand to privatize our public schools, increase public school tax funds going to for-profit charter corporations, legalize vouchers, and continue to siphon funds out of public school districts coffers. It is my strong opinion that the citizens of Florida must pay close attention to the work of the CRC and be prepared to inform citizens. We must stop the movement to allow profiteering off of public education in our state.

http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/644029.html

 

Clay School Board holds off on joining suit over controversial law (Renna Lee Paiva quoted)
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/education/2017-08-03/clay-school-board-holds-joining-suit-over-controversial-law?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

Want your kids in the best public schools? Wealthy cities look to buy a way in

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article165219207.html

 

Pasco district axes extended school day programs (USEP mentioned)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-school-district-axes-extended-school-day-programs/2332499

 

Hamilton School Board discusses possibility of K-12 school

http://www.suwanneedemocrat.com/news/hamilton-county-school-board-discusses-possibility-of-k--school/article_c90a54f0-784e-11e7-a95e-c384dc735a47.html

 

Parents panic after Titusville charter school fails inspection

https://www.clickorlando.com/education/parents-panic-after-titusville-charter-school-fails-inspection

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/03/new-titusville-charter-school-determined-open/537597001/

 

Slimmed down back-to-school tax holiday returns to state

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/slimmed-down-back-to-school-tax-holiday-returns-to-florida-ap_floridab1421c4bd95340bb842ea459a722d95f

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-tax-free-weekend-20170803-story.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article165165212.html

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2017/08/03/tax-free-weekend-targets-back-to-school-shoppers/534393001/

 

Students’ test scores say more about community they live in than what they know

https://theconversation.com/students-test-scores-tell-us-more-about-the-community-they-live-in-than-what-they-know-77934?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Weekend+Conversation+-+78006183&utm_content=The+Weekend+Conversation+-+78006183+CID_97830471a913c4c8133738cd83300691&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Students+test+scores+tell+us+more+about+the+community+they+live+in+than+what+they+know

 

Texas: Say no to school choice vouchers

http://www.hillcountrynews.com/stories/say-no-to-school-choice-vouchers,75533?utm_content=buffer3bdcb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Don’t weaken Title IX campus sex assault policies

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/opinion/weakening-college-sex-assault-policies.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170804&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

DeVos' Title IX approach fails to trust women who report sexual assault

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/03/betsy-devos-jacksons-title-ix-approach-fails-trust-women-debra-katz-hannah-alejandro-column/536000001/

 

Rhode Island makes community college free

http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/03/pf/college/rhode-island-tuition-free-college/index.html?sr=twCNN080317college0617PMStory

 

Feds approves Medicaid extension, low-income pool for state healthcare

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article165314092.html

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/08/03/scott-lip-and-medicaid-completely-different-serve-very-different-populations-113771

 

State will pay $82,000 after losing vote-by-mail lawsuit

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/florida-will-pay--after-losing-vote-by-mail-lawsuit-ap_florida6f7dc8e42caa4642a26317ccdc2df69a

 

Tampa, Miami, Orlando tourism boards cut ties with Visit Florida

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/tampa-miami-orlando-tourism-boards-cut-ties-with-visit-florida/2332531?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/citing-political-games-tourism-executive-quits-visit-florida/2332514

 

A Nissan victory could usher in a new era of Southern organizing

https://www.thenation.com/article/a-nissan-victory-could-usher-in-a-new-era-of-southern-organizing/

 

In sweltering South, climate change is now a workplace hazard

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/climate-change-trump-working-poor-activists.html?emc=edit_cn_20170804&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Nation added 209,000 jobs in July; unemployment at 4.3 percent

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/business/economy/jobs-report-unemployment.html?emc=edit_na_20170804&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

 

Mueller using grand jury in Washington as part of Russia investigation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/special-counsel-mueller-using-grand-jury-in-federal-court-in-washington-as-part-of-russia-investigation/2017/08/03/1585da56-7887-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.fa70c53de0c4

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/robert-mueller-russia-investigation-grand-jury.html?emc=edit_th_20170804&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Grand jury issues subpoenas in connection with Trump Jr., Russian lawyer meeting

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1AJ1SW

 

What did Trump and Kushner know about Russian money-laundering?

https://www.thenation.com/article/what-did-trump-and-kushner-know-about-russian-money-laundering-and-when-did-they-know-it/

 

This Trump real estate deal looks awfully like criminal tax fraud

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/this-trump-real-estate-deal-looks-awfully-like-criminal-tax-fraud/2017/08/03/653055fe-786e-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.9a7638f95287

 

Flynn files amended disclosure report showing additional payments

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/flynn-files-amended-disclosure-report-showing-additional-payments/2017/08/03/c76180c8-78a4-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.b28cc4865aa2

 

Kushner companies said to be under investigation over visa program

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/business/kushner-eb-5-china-green-cards.html?emc=edit_th_20170804&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Mueller is on the Trump money trail

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/03/politics/mueller-investigation-russia-trump-one-year-financial-ties/index.html

 

Senators unveil two proposals to protect Mueller’s Russia probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senators-unveil-two-proposals-to-protect-muellers-russia-probe/2017/08/03/b980d082-787a-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.bb52c5686516

 

Rules protecting special counsel may not be enough if Trump decides to fire him

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-legal-trump-mueller-201708-story.html

 

Trump blames Congress for poor U.S. relations with Russia

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/trump-twitter-congress-russia.html?emc=edit_cn_20170804&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

How Oregon increased voter turnout more than any other state

https://www.thenation.com/article/how-oregon-increased-voter-turnout-more-than-any-other-state/

 

Alabama elections chief impedes registration; says not sure people want to vote

https://thinkprogress.org/alabama-elections-chief-is-impeding-voter-registration-because-hes-not-sure-people-want-to-vote/

 

Let’s stop the bickering and fix the health care system

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/opinion/bipartisan-health-care-reform.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170804&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Will hands across the aisle fix Obamacare?

http://opinionzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/08/03/goodman-can-hands-across-the-aisle-fix-obamacare/

 

Republicans leave town with no clear path on Obamacare

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/03/republicans-leave-town-with-no-clear-path-on-obamacare-241307

 

Obamacare rage in retrospect

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/opinion/obamacare-rage-in-retrospect.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170804&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Florida insurers want to hike Obamacare rates

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article165197907.html

 

Rutherford stands against Trump threats to let Obamacare implode

http://www.wokv.com/news/local/rutherford-stands-against-trump-threats-let-obamacare-implode-calls-for-bipartisan-fix/g1H3wCdi5iLo9v0N1ZvdhI/

 

Why the Mariel boatlift has become a Trump talking point on immigration

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article165148372.html

 

Immigration agents showed up at California labor dispute proceedings

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ice-california-labor-20170802-story.html

 

Trump’s claim about immigrants “immediately” collecting “welfare”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/08/04/president-trumps-claim-about-immigrants-immediately-collecting-welfare/?utm_term=.0676c08045fb

 

Trump’s wall will require large seizures of private land -- and the cost is unknown

https://thinkprogress.org/exclusive-internal-document-shows-dhs-has-no-idea-how-much-trumps-border-wall-would-cost/

 

Hispanic Republicans see political peril in Trump immigration plan

http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article165258297.html

 

Florida could lose millions of investment dollars if Trump immigration bill passes

http://www.bradenton.com/news/politics-government/article165392132.html

 

Rubio still considering Trump-sponsored immigration plan

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article165299572.html

 

This is not how McConnell wanted to head into recess

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/this-is-not-how-mitch-mcconnell-wanted-to-head-into-recess/2017/08/03/a0917036-77b2-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.2fa39a1ba46e

 

Recess just started for Congress, and it’s not going to be much fun for Republicans

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/recess-just-started-for-congress-and-its-not-going-to-be-much-fun-for-republicans/2017/08/03/e2c9e3ee-77a2-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.511fc3e6344f

 

With few wins in Congress, Republicans agree on need to agree

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/us/politics/congress-republican-agree-unity.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170804&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Ryan predicts an easier time passing tax overhaul

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/paul-ryan-predicts-an-easier-time-passing-tax-overhaul/article_87cebf50-57e9-5ee2-b6b0-bbcd35b9e7ca.html

 

Justice Department, under siege from Trump, plows ahead with his agenda

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/jeff-sessions-attorney-general-trump.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170804&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

How Trump’s speech to police tapped into a history of dehumanizing people of color

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/08/04/how-president-trumps-speech-to-police-tapped-into-a-history-of-dehumanizing-people-of-color/?utm_term=.0450e9c1c2e4

 

Trump cites familiar argument in ban on transgender troops

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/transgender-military-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20170804&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Now we're bullying our transgender troops?

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/carlton-now-were-bullying-our-transgender-troops/2332630

http://www.wmnf.org/lgbt-leader-wonders-whats-next-trump-tweets-transgender-ban/

 

In every state, opposition to Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military service

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/08/04/in-every-state-majorities-oppose-trumps-proposed-ban-on-transgender-military-service/?utm_term=.e908bf7cebf4

 

Trump: Congress encroaching on the executive branch. Law professor: no, it’s not.

https://www.vox.com/2017/8/3/16086950/donald-trump-russia-sanctions-congress-constitution

 

Transcripts show contentious Trump calls with Mexican, Australian leaders

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/trump-calls-mexico-australia.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/white-house-leaks-transcripts-donald-trump-pena-nieto-malculm-turnbull?CMP=edit_2221

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/you-cannot-say-that-to-the-press-trump-urged-mexican-president-to-end-his-public-defiance-on-border-wall-transcript-reveals/2017/08/03/0c2c0a4e-7610-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.f5ad2f207d24

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/08/australias-pm-slowly-realizes-trump-is-a-complete-idiot.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-t

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/03/trump-berated-australias-prime-minister-over-a-refugee-policy-he-barely-understood/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e7711555b761

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/03/transcripts-show-that-for-trump-the-political-optics-are-paramount/?utm_term=.008e39582873

 

Does Trump actually know what happened last November?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/08/03/does-trump-actually-know-what-happened-last-november/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.2a9799996e1c

 

Kelly quickly moves to impose military discipline on White House

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/john-kelly-chief-of-staff-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20170804&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1&_r=0

 

Trump’s new chief of staff plans to restrict the president’s media diet

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/03/trumps-new-chief-of-staff-plans-to-restrict-the-presidents-media-diet-others-have-tried-and-failed/?utm_term=.7e19dbfa3276

 

In West Virginia, Trump hails conservatism and a new GOP governor

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/west-virginia-governor-to-switch-from-democrat-to-republican-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20170804&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/03/at-west-virginia-rally-trump-rejects-allegations-of-collusion-with-russia-as-total-fabrication/?utm_term=.c8864351a6b2

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/03/trump-rallies-base-russia-mueller-grand-jury-241316

 

West Virginia governor leaves Democratic Party at Trump’s rally

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/03/west-virginia-gov-jim-justice-will-leave-the-democratic-party-at-trumps-rally-tonight/?utm_term=.62c2461555de

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/03/west-virginias-governor-is-switching-parties-and-democrats-just-hit-a-new-low/?utm_term=.451806c1ec3f

 

Trump is delusional about his popularity

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-delusional-about-his-popularity/2017/08/03/f423d8b4-787b-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.9bd4ed9c79fe

 

Secret Service vacates Trump Tower post in lease dispute with president’s company

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-vacates-trump-tower-command-post-in-lease-dispute-with-presidents-company/2017/08/03/7338de16-785d-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.d3de1595d0b7

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/secret-service-trump-tower.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170803&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Pence to speak at conservatives’ meeting organized by Koch brothers

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/us/politics/pence-koch-conservatives-americans-for-prosperity.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170804&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

The White House is drawn into a conspiracy theory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-white-house-is-drawn-into-a-conspiracy-theory/2017/08/03/e6abb582-787e-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.277ec3d09fbe

 

 

 

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