Today's news -- August 7, 2017

 

 

 

 

Joanne McCall on “The Usual Suspects” *
http://www.wctv.tv/content/misc/The-Usual-Suspects-August-5-2017-438959773.html

 

The Wild West of privatization and testing industries *

This spring, the Florida Legislature passed and this summer Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 7069, a school reform promoted by organizations linked to the Koch brothers and Betsy DeVos. Florida has been a poster child for conservative ideological education reform for some time. Going beyond even the federal No Child Left Behind -- or as the critics call it, No Child Left Un-tested -- reform of the Bush era, it became one of the most frequent testers of students in the nation. Basically, from February to May, students in Florida prepare for and take an endless array of tests. Florida instituted evaluation of teachers tied to student test scores years ago, motivating teachers to spend the whole year teaching to the test. On top of this testing regime, Florida has enacted many right-wing reforms: eliminating K-12 teacher tenure; grading schools A to F; and changing curricula to emphasize only what is tested, for example, eliminating recess. Well, after a decade of this, parents began to revolt. Last year, a statewide survey highlighted two priorities for needed school reform: stop all this testing or at least cut way back -- and restore recess for our children. PTAs mobilized behind these changes. The Legislature began to respond by formulating the “Recess Bill” -- intended to cut testing and restore recess. However, the ending point of this effort was very different than the starting point. Basically, the Recess Bill was hijacked by business -- two businesses in particular -- the testing industry and the charter school promotors. The result, passed in the last hours of the legislative session, with scarcely any discussion, was House Bill 7069. This terrifying school reform is being called “the death of public education” by its critics. The bill gives a sop to the protesting parents – it restores 20 minutes of daily recess in K-5. But it only eliminates two of the many tests that students are forced to take. It also allows school districts to opt out of evaluating teachers by their students’ test scores. However, this was just the superficial bow that tied up a major reform package that basically turns public education over to private companies to start charter schools.

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/08/04/florida-the-wild-west-of-the-privatization-and-testing-industries/

 

On vouchers, the evidence is in, and it’s not good *

The continued push for school vouchers, which transfer scarce taxpayer dollars out of public education and into private schools, is “a triumph of ideology over evidence that should worry anyone who wants to improve results for children.” That’s how one scholar described President Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education. DeVos has been called the “four-star general” of the voucher movement, and getting her in place was a breakthrough for voucher advocates. But parents and policymakers must not lose sight of an extremely important truth: There is more evidence than ever before that the basic premise of the voucher movement is a lie. Evidence has been accumulating over the last two years that many students in voucher programs have lost significant educational ground in math and reading. One study released last year was actually financed by a pro-voucher foundation and conducted by a pro-voucher think tank, and even it found that voucher students in private schools did worse academically than their peers in public schools. Just this month, the Brookings Institution examined the evidence. It reported that four rigorous studies, using different research designs, reached the same result: “On average, students that use vouchers to attend private schools do less well on tests than similar students that do not attend private schools.” One of the remarkable things about the well-funded effort to delegitimize and undermine public education is that some “reform” advocates demand in the name of accountability that public school students be subjected to relentless high-stakes testing to measure their academic progress. Test scores are often used to grade schools and evaluate teachers. But when it comes to private schools accepting voucher funds, demands for transparency and accountability evaporate.

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/commentary/on-vouchers-the-evidence-is-in-and-it-s-not-good-1.13920066

 

The hidden costs of vouchers *

Taxpayers shouldn’t be funding private elementary and secondary schools just because Republican lawmakers think public education – which changed the face and fate of North Carolina in the last 100 years – is an expensive pain, and some kind of liberal entitlement.

http://amp.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article165488352.html

 

Expensive lessons for school reformers and families

Having the ability to invest billions is not enough to guarantee success. That’s one of the lessons a growing list of mega-donors and large foundations is learning from their efforts to transform and improve public education. In many cases, the initiatives they have launched have been more disruptive than effective. Missing from much of their work has been a recognition of the need to work with families and communities and a willingness to engage in the often-messy work of building success from the bottom up.

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/08/02/expensive-lessons-school-reformers-americas-families/?utm_source=cerkl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-08032017&cerkl_id=339111&cerkl_ue=gn0yTs8anzhtPwP92BJYA4qgHtvxcGpagv9WsJZDr1A%3D

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/08/04/nonprofit-quarterly-some-very-expensive-lessons-for-billionaire-school-reformers/

 

Parents play key role in child’s school successes (by Scott Mazur)

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/2017/08/05/parents-play-key-role-childs-school-successes/104300964/

 

Clay unions launch First Book campaign for kids (Renna Lee Paiva quoted; CESPA, FEA and AFT mentioned)
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/clay/2017-08-06/clay-county-teachers-launch-first-book-campaign-kids

 

Next to go in Hillsborough: IEP assistants (Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/next-to-go-iep-assistants/2332683

 

Lake impacted by reduction in teachers (Stuart Klatte quoted)
http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20170806/lake-county-impacted-by-reduction-in-teachers

 

Budget constraints force late change to schedule at Volusia high school (Andrew Spar quoted)
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170805/budget-constraints-force-late-change-to-atlantic-high-schedule

 

Polk School Board member wants policy to prevent problems from romance (Marianne Capoziello quoted)
http://www.theledger.com/news/20170804/polk-school-board-member-wants-policy-to-prevent-problems-from-romance?rssfeed=true

 

Where all the school’s a stage, and the list of success stories is long

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/education/edlife/public-schools-new-world-school-arts-miami.html?_r=0

 

Pinellas' idea of “unstructured, free-play recess” includes math, engineering centers

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pinellas-idea-of-unstructured-free-play-recess-includes-math-engineering/2332734

 

State DOE seeks full dismissal of third-grade retention suit

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-department-of-education-seeks-full-dismissal-of-third-grade/2332655

 

Buying and selling charter schools as investment properties: a repellent practice

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/08/07/buying-and-selling-charter-schools-as-investment-properties-a-repellent-practice/

 

Teachers in Puerto Rico vote to join AFT (Randi Weingarten quoted)
http://www.nydailynews.com/amp/news/national/teachers-p-vote-join-american-federation-teachers-article-1.3382060

 

Like it or not, DeVos has made a mark in six months as education secretary

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/08/04/like-it-or-not-betsy-devos-has-made-a-mark-in-six-months-as-education-secretary/?utm_term=.bd1b1ec85bb2

 

Abstinence-focused education could be on the rise under Trump

https://www.vox.com/conversations/2017/8/3/16078980/dan-savage-trump-pence-abstinence-sex-education

 

Britain turns to Chinese textbooks to improve its math scores

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/world/asia/china-textbooks-britain.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170805&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Ohio: Charter schools and Republican hypocrisy

http://plunderbund.com/2017/08/01/connect-the-dots-charter-schools-and-republican-hypocrisy/

 

Black people aren’t keeping white Americans out of college. Rich people are.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/black-people-arent-keeping-white-americans-out-of-college-rich-people-are/2017/08/04/e478952e-794a-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.0c6ad151938a

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/education/edlife/one-percent-education.html

 

Affirmative action policies evolve, achieving their own diversity

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/us/affirmative-action-justice-department.html?emc=edit_th_20170806&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832&_r=0

 

State college enrollment sees uptick

http://saintpetersblog.com/state-college-enrollment-sees-uptick/

 

Sly moves unmasked in UF search for president

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170804/sly-moves-unmasked-in-uf-search-for-president

 

Do not allow Scott to pack Supreme Court on his way out the door

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-do-not-allow-gov-rick-scott-to-pack-supreme-court-on-his-way-out/2332681

 

ACLU to help on voting rights restoration

http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/aclu-dropping-big-money-felon-rights-drive#stream/0

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/government/2017/08/05/aclu-help-voting-rights-restoration/542771001/

 

Broward voter rolls case has national implications

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-targeting-voter-rolls-20170803-story.html

 

Our costly court cases

http://www.newschief.com/opinion/20170806/another-viewpoint-our-costly-court-cases

 

Legislature, agency let $20 million in aid for drug, mental health care end

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/04/lawmakers-and-state-quietly-allowed-mental-health-cut-money-run-out/539326001/

 

Local officials bristle at being overruled by Tallahassee

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-state-law-orlando-rules-overturned-20170801-story.html

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/04/treasure-coast-officials-complain-new-state-laws-rob-them-local-home-rule-power/536222001/

 

Flooding in Miami is no longer news -- but it’s certainly newsworthy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/08/04/flooding-in-miami-is-no-longer-news-but-its-certainly-newsworthy/?utm_term=.5f9d03bbe1ef

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article165536642.html

 

Climate threat to Tampa Bay area

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-climate-threat-to-tampa-bay-area/2332682

 

Thousands of Palm Beach properties now in high-risk flood zones

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-new-palm-flood-maps-20170804-story.html

 

Businesses bucked Scott's rule to notify public about pollution

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/environment/os-public-notice-dep-pollution-20170726-story.html

 

White House hosts Florida county commissioners

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/white-house-hosts-florida-county-commissioners-for-first-of-its-kind/2332657?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

State's Trump critics are all over cable TV, but paying a price

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/floridas-trump-critics-are-all-over-cable-tv-but-paying-a-price/2332589?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20080417&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Report: Pro-Rubio nonprofit primarily funded by two anonymous megadonors

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/242533-report-pro-marco-rubio-non-profit-primarily-funded-two-anonymous-megadonors

 

UAW accuses Nissan of “scare tactics” as workers reject union bid

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/business/nissan-united-auto-workers-union-mississippi.html?emc=edit_th_20170806&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/05/mississippi-nissan-workers-vote-against-union?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=238146&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2017/08/04/uaw-wins-loses-organizing-vote-nissan-plant-mississippi/540679001/

 

CEO of Apple partner: “Managing 1 million animals gives me a headache”

http://www.businessinsider.com/foxconn-animals-2012-1

 

Spotlight on NLRB, labor trade bureau

https://www.bna.com/punching-spotlight-nlrb-b73014462792/

 

How Mueller is closing in on Trump

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/05/robert-mueller-donald-trump-russia?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=238146&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/7/24/16008272/robert-mueller-fbi-trump-russia-explained

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/opinion/sunday/dowd-trump-mueller-russia.html?emc=edit_th_20170806&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Mueller seeks White House documents on Flynn

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/us/politics/robert-mueller-michael-flynn-turkey.html

 

Rosenstein: Mueller can investigate any crimes he uncovers in probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/rosenstein-special-counsel-mueller-can-investigate-any-crimes-he-uncovers-in-russia-probe/2017/08/06/2209365a-7aae-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html?utm_term=.651aa29f5dcf

 

Tangled web connects Russian oligarch money to GOP campaigns

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/03/tangled-web-connects-russian-oligarch-money-gop-campaigns

 

The Russia investigation is getting serious -- and Trump is feeling the heat

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/08/04/the-russia-investigation-is-getting-serious-and-president-trump-is-feeling-the-heat/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.9f9575e24b60

 

Trump is a one-man assault on the rule of law

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-one-man-assault-on-the-rule-of-law/2017/08/04/cb071d9e-7955-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.72012b67b624

 

Leak investigations triple under Trump, Sessions says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/us/politics/jeff-sessions-trump-leaks-attorney-general.html?emc=edit_na_20170804&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/attorney-general-says-justice-dept-has-tripled-the-number-of-leak-probes/2017/08/04/1a395064-791d-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.1a6cc0780ab1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/04/doj-reviewing-policies-on-media-subpoenas-sessions-says-241329

 

Sessions suggests it may be time to send more journalists to jail

https://thinkprogress.org/how-sessions-can-make-trump-happy-by-making-reporters-lives-miserable/amp/

 

Reporters not being pursued in leak investigations, Justice Department says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/us/politics/trump-leaks-deputy-attorney-general-journalists.html?src=twr

 

Sessions' broad attack on leaks aimed at an audience of one: Trump

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/04/trump-jeff-sessions-leaks-media-241334

 

Federal employees step up defiance of Trump

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/345404-federal-employees-step-up-defiance-of-trump#.WYcElS7WxUU.twitter

 

Republican senator is on a mission to rescue the health care law

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/us/politics/lamar-alexander-health-care.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170805&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

McConnell to consider bipartisan plan to pay health insurers

https://apnews.com/bccf1007790e4f4a9099e0146d750264/McConnell-to-consider-bipartisan-plan-to-pay-health-insurers

 

Inside Sanders’ campaign to save Obamacare

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/7/16069112/bernie-sanders-obamacare-trumpcare

 

Trump says banning immigrants helps U.S. workers. A leading economist disagrees.

https://www.vox.com/2017/8/3/16090042/immigration-reform-donald-trump-stephen-miller

 

Ryan casts doubt on Trump's plan to cut legal immigration

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/04/house-speaker-paul-ryan-casts-doubt-president-donald-trumps-plan-cut-legal-immigration/541132001/

 

Ignorant immigration reform

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/opinion/ignorant-immigration-reform.html?emc=edit_th_20170805&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

A storm is brewing for DACA this September

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/07/politics/daca-coming-storm/index.html

 

Trump’s border wall would slice through wildlife refuges and cut off U.S. territory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/07/trumps-border-wall-would-slice-through-wildlife-refuges-and-cut-off-u-s-territory-in-texas/?utm_term=.9445bf669728

 

Republican says Trump was joking when he vowed Mexico would pay for the wall

https://thinkprogress.org/house-republican-says-trump-was-just-joking-when-he-repeatedly-vowed-mexico-would-pay-for-the-wall/

 

Why immigration proposal would have barred a great teacher from America https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/why-immigration-proposal-would-have-barred-best-teacher-in-america/2017/08/06/67aa64d8-789a-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.c3d46140a097

 

Once backer of expanded immigration, Rubio strikes different chord

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/government/2017/08/05/once-backer-expanded-immigration-rubio-strikes-different-chord/542756001/

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/rubio-only-gop-senator-in-gang-of-eight-not-to-denounce-trump-immigration/2332637?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20080417&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Immigration in the age of Trump: What it means for Palm Beach

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/immigration-the-age-trump-what-means-for-palm-beach-county/RDGFhALQ73ItPDqI3LBnBP/

 

Jacksonville business owner could get path to citizenship under Rutherford bill

http://news.wjct.org/post/jacksonville-business-owner-could-get-path-citizenship-under-rep-rutherford-bill

 

“Merit-based” proposal causes a stir among Big Bend immigrants

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/08/06/tlh-nws-immigration/536626001/

 

Their relationship at a low, Trump and Congress cast blame on each other

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-congress-fighting-20170803-story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/07/politics/republican-senators-legislative-agenda-trump/index.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/06/trump-agenda-republicans-congress-recess/534243001/

 

What’s the deal, Mr. Trump?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/opinion/sunday/whats-the-deal-mr-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170805&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

A debt-ceiling crisis is on its way. Yes, again.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-debt-ceiling-crisis-is-on-its-way-yes-again/2017/08/04/fa2ce4ae-7898-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.154b312caaba

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/opinion/debt-ceiling-congress-default-real.html?emc=edit_th_20170807&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Tax writers see peril in Trump's Obamacare persistence

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/07/trump-obamacare-congress-tax-reform-241340

 

The U.S. could be free of gerrymandering. Here’s how other countries do it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/08/07/the-supreme-court-will-soon-consider-gerrymandering-heres-how-changes-in-redistricting-could-reduce-it/?utm_term=.107771c31d15

 

Civil rights groups to sue over Trump's plan for transgender military ban

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/05/donald-trump-transgender-military-ban-civil-rights-groups-sue?CMP=edit_2221

 

Trump’s lawyers reportedly warned him against transgender military ban

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-lawyers-warned-against-trans-ban/

 

GOP reps mum on Trump's ban on trans service members

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/gop-reps-mum-on-trumps-ban-on-trans-service-members/2332639?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20080417&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Why are these billions in pipeline projects stalled?

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/05/trump-energy-commission-pipeline-projects-delayed-241347

 

Opioid users are filling jails. Why don’t jails treat them?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/us/heroin-addiction-jails-methadone-suboxone-treatment.html?emc=edit_th_20170805&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Veterans’ health-care gap creates greater risk for opioid abuse

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/08/07/veterans-health-care-gap-creates-greater-risk-for-opioid-abuse/?utm_term=.6a619bdb474e

 

The battle over science in the Trump administration

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/05/politics/trump-battle-science-epa-energy-climate/index.html

 

Under Trump, coal mining gets new life on federal lands

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/us/politics/under-trump-coal-mining-gets-new-life-on-us-lands.html?emc=edit_cn_20170807&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Kelly's big challenge: Controlling the tweeter in chief

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/04/trump-john-kelly-challenge-twitter-241343

 

 

 

 

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