Today's news -- August 9, 2017

 

 

In texts, Stewart mocked Chartrand's test score claim *

State education Commissioner Pam Stewart, in a sardonic text exchange with a colleague, accused a prominent GOP donor who chairs a Jacksonville charter school chain of using misleading data to boast about students’ test scores, according to public records obtained by Politico Florida. Stewart said in a text message to a top staff member that the leaders of KIPP Jacksonville overstated the percentage of third graders who passed state reading exams.  In the May 19 conversation, Stewart was critical of Gary Chartrand, a member and former chair of the state Board of Education who also heads the governing panel for KIPP's three Florida charter schools. Chartrand, executive chairman of Acosta Inc., a Jacksonville sales and marketing firm, is a reliable campaign donor to Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott.  In the texts, Stewart suggested Chartrand and the network’s executive director, Tom Majdanics, had been bragging that 41 percent of third graders at KIPP VOICE Elementary School passed this year’s reading tests, when the figure was actually 35 percent. The details of when and how Chartrand made this claim to Stewart are unclear. Chartrand declined to comment, and a spokeswoman for the state Department of Education would not provide additional information. On that Friday in May, the education department released third graders’ scores on English language arts exams to schools, which use the information to determine whether to promote the students to fourth grade. A state law requires schools to hold back third graders who fail the reading tests, with some exceptions. Juan Copa, a deputy commissioner who oversees testing, wrote to his boss at 2:45 p.m.: “Have you received any messages from supers regarding grade 3?” (His abbreviation “supers” refers to school district superintendents.) “Just mi amigo,” Stewart responded, not naming the superintendent she was referring to. A department spokeswoman would not elaborate. Stewart added that Hershel Lyons, chancellor of K-12 public schools, placed calls to six or seven leaders. Then she wrote: “Gary trying to claim kipp went to 41%.” Citing the actual data, Copa replied, “Kipp Voice Elem went from 28% to 35%.” “I know,” Stewart wrote. “I think he/[they] take out retained 3rd graders when they calculate.” “Why?” Copa asked. “They are included in school grades.” “No kidding,” Stewart responded. She added: “Tim’s creative way of selling his board on what they are doing.” Then she corrected herself: “Tom. Not Tim.” Chartrand got the 41 percent figure from an email Majdanics had sent to the full board explaining the results. As Stewart guessed in her texts, the executive director had provided a pass rate that excluded students who were repeating third grade after failing the test the year before.

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/08/08/in-texts-scotts-education-chief-mocks-charter-school-leaders-creative-test-score-claim-113834

 

111 Polk classrooms without teachers day before school (Marianne Capoziello quoted)
http://www.theledger.com/news/20170808/111-classrooms-without-teachers-day-before-school

 

Budget deficit brings most Pasco extended-day programs to an end (USEP mentioned)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/budget-deficit-brings-most-extended-day-programs-to-an-end/2332930

 

 

For Republicans, HB 7069 and constitution panel go hand-in-hand (by Mark Castellano)
http://www.naplesnews.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/08/08/commentary-republicans-hb-7069-and-constitution-panel-go-hand-in-hand/543680001/

 

Orlando Christian school kicked out of voucher programs

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-agape-christian-state-scholarships-20170807-story.html

 

Financial woes, low enrollment causes Fort Myers charter to close

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2017/08/08/financial-woes-low-enrollment-causes-fort-myers-pivot-charter-close-its-doors/549733001/

 

Cost of living adjustment raises the ire of school officials

http://wlrn.org/post/cost-living-adjustment-raises-ire-school-officials

 

Why some schools are closing for the solar eclipse -- but others are staying open

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/08/08/solar-eclipse-dilemma-for-schools-stay-open-or-close/?utm_term=.7833f597b029

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/08/09/facts-about-our-sun-and-moon-that-youre-embarrassed-to-admit-you-dont-know/?utm_term=.025a5c674a52

 

Teenage pregnancy is at an all-time low. Trump could soon change that

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/aug/09/teenage-pregnancy-in-us-an-all-time-low-trump-sex-ed-changes?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=238688&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Plaintiffs in Alabama appeal decision to allow white city to secede from its district

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/08/08/black-plaintiffs-in-alabama-appeal-decision-to-allow-white-city-to-secede-from-its-school-district/?utm_term=.59137f93ede4

 

Don’t believe the hype about D.C.’s “reform successes”
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/08/09/john-merrow-dont-believe-the-latest-hype-about-d-c-s-reform-successes/

 

Graduate students on these seven campuses are fighting for their labor rights

https://www.thenation.com/article/graduate-students-on-these-7-campuses-are-fighting-for-their-labor-rights/

 

He lacked experience, left application mostly blank but got huge state job

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article166065557.html

 

Sugar barons built an $8 billion fortune with Washington’s help

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-09/sugar-barons-amass-8-billion-fortune-by-mastering-u-s-politics

 

The help Trump promised hasn’t come. So Palatka works to save itself.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-help-trump-promised-hasnt-come-so-this-dying-city-is-determined-to-save-itself/2017/08/08/1c46e894-5834-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html?utm_term=.fdb3f46f6170

 

State faces $20 million cut to services to combat opioid crisis

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-reg-latvala-opioid-roundtable-20170808-story.html

 

Cuts to drug treatment, mental health show state's true colors

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-mental-health-opioid-cuts-florida-scott-maxwell-20170808-story.html

 

State water regulators approve big permits for pulp mills

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-pulp-mill-water-permit-20170808-story.html

 

Want quality workers? Raise your wages, says Federal Reserve official

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/08/want-more-better-workers-raise-your-wages-says-a-f.html

 

More proof that Trump administration plans to purge voters

https://thinkprogress.org/the-trump-administration-wants-to-make-it-easier-for-states-to-purge-voters/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-reverses-position-to-allow-ohio-to-purge-inactive-voters-from-rolls/2017/08/08/e93c5116-7c35-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.854d5702eff7

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/us/politics/justice-department-ohio-voter-rolls.html?emc=edit_cn_20170809&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump campaign turns over thousands of documents in Russia probe

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-08-08/trump-campaign-turns-over-thousands-of-documents-in-russia-probe

 

Mueller, team members gave up million-dollar jobs to work on investigation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mueller-several-team-members-gave-up-million-dollar-jobs-to-work-on-special-counsel-investigation/2017/08/08/e11169da-7b78-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html?utm_term=.7edd73755f04

 

Can Congress keep Mueller from being fired?

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/0808/Can-Congress-keep-Robert-Mueller-from-being-fired

 

The Kremlin-White House lie machine spins out of control

http://observer.com/2017/08/russia-white-house-disinformation-seth-rich-hr-mcmaster/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-144-million-people-who-like-trump-best/2017/08/08/00baada6-7c6d-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html?utm_term=.39171d04ffb8

 

Health care uncertainty could lead to higher costs

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/os-health-care-fall-out-florida-20170804-story.html

 

Another GOP lawmaker grilled at health-care town hall

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/08/08/may-you-die-in-pain-another-gop-lawmaker-grilled-at-health-care-town-hall/?utm_term=.b8e034e66d08

 

Nelson says he’ll campaign on saving Obamacare

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/08/08/bill-nelson-begins-scorched-earth-reelection-campaign-tallahassee-something-like/548855001/

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/242700-bill-nelson-tallahassee

 

Real risk to health care is attitudes like Rubio’s

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-column-randy-schultz-rubio-20170808-story.html

 

Deportation orders up under Trump, fewer prevail in immigration court

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/deportation-orders-up-under-trump-fewer-prevail-in-immigration-court/2017/08/08/d3f0a6a6-7c74-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.8ba0f72413a0

 

The danger from low-skilled immigrants: not having them

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/business/economy/immigrants-skills-economy-jobs.html?emc=edit_cn_20170809&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

4,100 immigrants in Lee and Collier counties have ICE court cases

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/investigations/melanie-payne/2017/08/08/more-than-4-000-southwest-florida-immigrants-face-deportation/548823001/

 

Immigrant groups urge Florida GOP lawmakers to oppose Trump

https://www.apnews.com/669b2bad887b4c5d849a2cfc42184b34/Immigrant-groups-urge-Florida-GOP-lawmakers-to-oppose-Trump

 

Trump White House quietly courts Democrats for tax overhaul

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/08/trump-democrats-tax-reform-241385

 

Trump aides copy Bush strategy in tax fight

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-09/trump-aides-copy-bush-red-team-strategy-for-tax-overhaul-fight

 

The looming debt ceiling fight, explained

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/9/16112364/debt-ceiling-explained

 

McConnell criticizes Trump's “excessive expectations”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/politics/mitch-mcconnell-excessive-expectations/index.html

 

Even on break, a Congress weary of Trump gets no respite from him

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/congress-recess-washington-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170809&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Public works funding falls as infrastructure deteriorates

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/us/politics/infrastructure-trump.html?ribbon-ad-idx=7&rref=homepage&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Home%20Page&pgtype=article&_r=0

 

The United States needs more bureaucracy, not less
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/08/09/america-needs-more-bureaucracy-not-less/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.1e9257e261bd

 

Climate report could force Trump to choose between science and his base

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/us/politics/climate-trump-scientists-supporters.html?emc=edit_cn_20170809&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Scientists fear White House will bury federal climate change report

https://www.clickorlando.com/weather/scientists-fear-wh-will-bury-federal-climate-change-report

 

Pruitt climate science challenge splits conservative allies

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/09/pruitt-climate-science-challenge-splits-conservative-allies-241426

 

Experts criticize EPA’s new chemical approval process as a handout to industry

https://thinkprogress.org/experts-criticize-epas-new-chemical-approval-process-as-a-handout-to-industry/

 

This is how bad things could get if Trump denies the reality of climate change

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-how-bad-things-could-get-if-trump-denies-the-reality-of-climate-change/2017/08/08/087b8bb0-7bae-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.a57b3d66c1ee

 

Leaked climate change report warns only massive carbon cuts will save Miami

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/new-york-times-climate-change-report-says-cut-carbon-emissions-to-save-miami-9563485

 

Trump holds off on declaring opioid crisis a national emergency

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-to-hold-major-briefing-on-opiod-crisis/2017/08/08/8b7cd146-7c2f-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.44d204695169

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/us/politics/trump-opioid-crisis.html?emc=edit_cn_20170809&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Trump threatens “fire and fury” in response to North Korean threats

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/world/asia/north-korea-un-sanctions-nuclear-missile-united-nations.html?emc=edit_cn_20170809&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-tweets-news-report-citing-anonymous-sources-on-n-korea-movements/2017/08/08/47a9b9c0-7c48-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html?utm_term=.5b186b930887

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/09/north-korea-us-airbase-guam-trump-fire-fury?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=238688&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump’s harsh language on North Korea has little precedent, experts say

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/us/politics/trumps-harsh-language-on-north-korea-has-little-precedent-experts-say.html?_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-playing-a-dangerous-game-with-north-korea/2017/08/08/cafa64a2-7c87-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html?utm_term=.52a9e61c3adb

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/09/panetta-trump-north-korea-241424

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/09/trump-brink-nuclear-war-stop?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=238688&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/if-you-werent-worried-yet-you-can-start-now

 

The danger of an incurious president

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/opinion/trump-fire-fury-north-korea.html?emc=edit_th_20170809&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/north-korea-now-making-missile-ready-nuclear-weapons-us-analysts-say/2017/08/08/e14b882a-7b6b-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.63fecee9686b

 

North Korea’s alarmed neighbors consider deploying deadlier weapons

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/world/asia/north-korea-japan-missile-south.html?emc=edit_cn_20170809&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

“God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,” evangelical adviser says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/08/08/god-has-given-trump-authority-to-take-out-kim-jong-un-evangelical-adviser-says/?utm_term=.6fa543ccbbcf

 

Trump White House weighs plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/08/war-afghanistan-trump-white-house-weighs-bold-plan-privatize/548004001/

https://thinkprogress.org/blackwater-founder-points-to-british-colonization-in-india-as-model-for-u-s-policy-in-afghanistan/

 

Iranian drone buzzes U.S. fighter jet over Persian Gulf

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/world/middleeast/iran-drone-navy-fighter-persian-gulf-close-call.html?emc=edit_cn_20170809&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/08/08/an-iranian-drone-just-threatened-a-u-s-fighter-as-it-tried-to-land-on-an-aircraft-carrier/?utm_term=.2a2d0d9c6d77

 

Kelly is an apolitical force in a White House divided by ideology

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/john-kelly-is-an-apolitical-force-in-a-white-house-divided-by-ideology/2017/08/08/6a14cd4a-7c4a-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.3166502368f5

 

Pence’s real power move

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/08/mike-pence-nick-ayers-241423

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/opinion/sorry-mike-pence-youre-doomed.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170809&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Why the Trump Organization could be Trump’s undoing

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-the-trump-organization-could-be-trumps-undoing/2017/08/08/82de9980-7c4c-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html?utm_term=.09ad3463c3b9

 

Democrats demand federal agencies tell how much they spend at Trump businesses

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article165995287.html

 

Want a job at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago? Fire up the fax -- but the number doesn’t work

http://realtime.blog.mypalmbeachpost.com/2017/08/07/want-a-seasonal-job-at-trumps-mar-a-lago-club-fire-up-the-fax-but-the-number-doesnt-seem-to-work-realdonaldtrump/

 

Trump golf club fighting millions in reimbursements to former members

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-pn-trump-golf-lawsuit-appeal-20170808-story.html

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime--law/trump-attorneys-fire-back-former-members-jupiter-golf-club/VLk91PhdYPx3DLs2b1AsCJ/

 

Trump gets a folder full of positive news about himself twice a day

https://news.vice.com/story/trump-folder-positive-news-white-house

 

Scholar on Trump TV: “This is Orwellian, and it’s happening right now, right here”

https://www.vox.com/conversations/2017/8/9/16112430/donald-trump-tv-kayleigh-mcenany-state-propaganda-lara-trump

 

White House defends silence on mosque bombing, says liberals may have faked it

https://thinkprogress.org/white-house-defends-silence-on-mosque-bombing-says-it-might-have-been-faked-by-liberals/

 

Behind the Kushner and Ivanka Trump PR machine

https://www.buzzfeed.com/stevenperlberg/behind-the-jared-and-ivanka-pr-machine?utm_term=.kkpkKEk76#.yjzBQpBZM

 

Sinclair deal draws unlikely opponent: conservative news media

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/business/media/sinclair-bid-to-acquire-tribune-media-draws-opposition.html

 

Has James O’Keefe accidentally stung himself again?

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/has-james-okeefe-accidentally-stung-himself-again?utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=956e940f18-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5372046825-956e940f18-196862717

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