Today's news -- December 13, 2017

 

 

Spring testing window extended because of hurricanes *

A busy 2017 hurricane season kept hundreds of thousands of Florida students out of school for days, if not weeks, this past fall. First came closures in anticipation of Irma. Then came the extended time off to allow schools time to clean up, and staffs to return from evacuation. Districts established some makeup days. But leaders also raised concerns that the lengthy period away interfered with learning, and said more time before Florida's high stakes testing season would help. They asked for a week delay. They got a compromise. K-12 Chancellor Hershel Lyons has informed superintendents that the state testing window for reading and math Florida Standards Assessments, and all state end-of-course exams, and will begin as previously scheduled. They will run an extra week longer. That means the districts can start as originally planned if they want, or impose their own delay on testing days. Test windows are the time during which the students must sit for the assessments, but do not mean that children are taking exams every day during that time. Lyons added that the state's writing and science test dates will not change. But the department offered an extra makeup week for writing a month later. The science test already was slated for late April. Keep an eye on your local district for any changes to their test calendars as a result of this late change. See Lyons' memo for more details.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/12/12/spring-testing-window-extended-because-of-fall-hurricanes/

 

Bid to remove chairman of Manatee School Board fails (Pat Barber quoted)
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171212/bid-to-remove-chairman-of-manatee-school-board-fails

 

School board pay question will return to Constitution Revision Commission

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/12/12/school-board-pay-question-will-return-to-constitution-revision-commission/

 

How the tax bill hurts the poorest schools

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/opinion/congress-tax-bill-education.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171212&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

DeVos may not recognize it, but these public schools work

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/13/betsy-devos-may-not-recognize-it-but-these-public-schools-work/?utm_term=.6a93ec82aeaf

 

The rise of the virtual classroom could mean the end of teachers

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/family/2017/12/12/rise-virtual-classroom-could-mean-end-teachers/923713001/

 

Keeping U.S. education segregated is a highly profitable business for some

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/42789-keeping-us-education-segregated-is-a-highly-profitable-business-for-some

 

Reports on Zuckerberg reforms inconclusive, claims not supported by evidence

http://www.greatlakescenter.org/docs/Think_Twice/TT-Weber-Baker-Newark.htm

 

How pro-charter billionaires flooded Oakland's School Board Elections with cash 

https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/how-a-handful-of-pro-charter-billionaires-flooded-oaklands-school-board-elections-with-big-time-cash/Content?oid=5016336

 

Tennessee to investigate ACT Inc. after controversy over student test scores

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/13/tennessee-to-investigate-act-inc-after-controversy-over-student-test-scores/?utm_term=.69e07e3c78e3

 

School voucher bills called a bad deal for Pennsylvania schools

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-12-13/education/school-voucher-bills-called-a-bad-deal-for-pa-schools/a60619-1

 

Audit finds possible financial fraud at California charter school

http://www.chicoer.com/social-affairs/20171130/audit-finds-possible-financial-fraud-at-blue-oak-charter-school

 

How much money do Florida’s private college presidents take home?

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/12/12/how-much-money-do-floridas-private-college-presidents-take-home/

 

House GOP higher ed bill moves ahead, despite cries to slow down

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/12/12/house-gop-higher-ed-bill-moves-ahead-despite-cries-to-slow-down/?utm_term=.86a33396cf74

 

Inspector general calls on agency to process backlog of student debt relief claims

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/12/12/education-inspector-general-calls-on-agency-to-process-backlog-of-student-debt-relief-claims/?utm_term=.c49c8e52c7fe

 

Senate spends $25,000 on outside attorneys for Latvala probe

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/251665-senate-spends-25k-outside-attorneys-jack-latvala-probe

 

Senate sexual harassment legal wars mount amid calls for “ethical walls”

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/12/senate-sexual-harassment-legal-wars-mount-amid-calls-for-ethical-walls/

 

Tax increases would need two-thirds vote of Legislature under proposal

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/tax-increases-would-need-two-thirds-vote-legislature-under-proposal/ti2s83HWim0MHZgzZKpeHN/

 

CRC criticized again for procedural hiccups, announces second tour

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/251678-crc-criticized-procedural-hiccups-announces-second-tour

 

CRC panel moves legislative session dates proposal through

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/251681-crc-panel-moves-session-dates-proposal

 

Constitutional Review Commission considers law for victim's rights

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/12/12/constitutional-review-commission-considers-marsys-law-victims-rights/943704001/

 

House bill would ban governor, Cabinet from in-session fundraising

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/251606-house-bill-ban-governor-cabinet-session-fundraising

http://news.wfsu.org/post/fl-lawmaker-wants-block-cabinet-raising-money-during-session

 

There’s a hidden cost to climate change. State taxpayers could foot the bill.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article189401589.html

 

Unfettered building, scant oversight add to cost of hurricanes in U.S.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-flooding-insurance/

 

7,500 complaints of price gouging during Irma. Just one business fined so far.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article189381439.html

 

Citrus crop declines continue, making case for federal aid

http://www.theledger.com/news/20171212/citrus-crop-declines-continue-making-case-for-fed-aid

 

A social media movement helps turn Puerto Rico's power back on

http://wlrn.org/post/pocket-protest-social-media-movement-helps-turn-puerto-ricos-power-back

 

How is Florida’s health? Not so great, report says

http://www.tbo.com/news/health/How-is-Florida-s-health-Not-so-great-report-says_163533020

 

Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform backs several state bills

http://www.wmnf.org/florida-campaign-criminal-justice-reform-state-bills/

 

South Florida prosecutors tell Congress how to help amid opioid crisis

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-reg-treatment-fraud-congressional-testimony-20171212-story.html

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/state-attorney-dave-aronberg-testifies-before-house-panel-opioids/afLTyFwiK8Y1aykclOBZBN/

 

Broward moves to sue drug companies over opioids

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-sb-broward-considers-opioid-lawsuit-20171212-story.html

 

Activists call for investigation into allegations that black jaywalkers ticketed more

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/activists-call-for-investigation-into-allegations-that-jso-tickets-african-american-jaywalkers-more/499068662

 

Republicans, closing in on final tax bill, aim for a vote next week

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/us/politics/republicans-tax-bill-deal.html?emc=edit_cn_20171213&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/gop-negotiators-move-closer-to-reducing-top-tax-rate-for-high-income-households/2017/12/12/1d05a8fa-df85-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.feb541943e0a

 

Senate tax bill would cut taxes three times more for business owners than workers

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxvox/senates-tax-bill-would-cut-taxes-three-times-more-business-owners-workers

 

GOP tax plan could bring big New Year's surprises

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/13/tax-rules-republicans-january-surprise-293346

 

The Republicans have momentum on the tax cut. How did it come to this?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/12/13/the-republicans-have-momentum-on-the-tax-cut-how-did-it-come-to-this/?utm_term=.df632750efdd

 

What happens if the tax bill is a revenue disaster?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/opinion/what-happens-if-the-tax-bill-is-a-revenue-disaster.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171213&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Tax cuts aren’t worth harm to Tampa Bay

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/Editorial-Tax-cuts-aren-t-worth-harm-to-Tampa-Bay_163528400

 

Castor, only Florida on tax conference, calls for a do-over

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/12/rep-kathy-castor-only-florida-on-tax-conference-calls-for-a-do-over/

 

Rubio criticizes fellow Republicans over plan to cut top individual tax rate

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-13/rubio-calls-out-gop-over-plan-to-cut-top-individual-tax-rate

 

Puerto Rican officials lobby Congress against “devastating” GOP tax measure

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article189423529.html

 

Trump Jr. to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee today

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/12/donald-trump-jr-senate-intel-committee-292145

 

Trump Jr. demands leak inquiry of House Intelligence Committee

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/us/donald-trump-jr-leak-investigation.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171212&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

White House lawyer: Mueller finished with interviews he’s requested

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/12/mueller-interviews-white-house-293753

 

Tillerson, in meeting with U.S. diplomats, says Russia “interfered” in election

https://www.thedailybeast.com/exclusive-rex-tillerson-in-meeting-with-us-diplomats-says-russia-interfered-in-election?via=twitter_page

 

Jailed Russian: I hacked Democrats “under the command” of Russian intelligence

http://www.businessinsider.com/russian-hacker-democrats-dnc-intelligence-2017-12

 

In texts, FBI officials in Russia inquiry said Clinton “just has to win”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/us/fbi-trump-russia.html?emc=edit_cn_20171213&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/12/fbi-agents-trump-mueller-texts-294156

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/13/fbi-agent-removed-russia-investigation-trump-idiot-texts?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=256472&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Text messages in hand, Republicans plan to accuse Justice Department of bias

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/13/us/politics/trump-mueller-russia-republican-campaign.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171213&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Matt Gaetz to Trump: Mueller probe “infected with bias”

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/12/matt-gaetz-trump-mueller-russia-investigation-292731

 

Obamacare’s individual mandate is crucial; GOP needs thoughtful replacement

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article189468984.html

 

Obamacare sign-up “deadline” Friday but Floridians actually have two more weeks

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-aca-enrollment-deadline-is-friday-20171212-story.html

 

Democrats back away from brink on “Dreamers”

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/12/democrats-dreamers-immigrants-shutdown-293750

 

Vote on the “Dreamers.” Now.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/vote-on-the-dreamers-now/2017/12/12/346ea47a-df7f-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html?utm_term=.c68b00fe1a12

 

The false promise behind the FCC’s net neutrality repeal plan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-false-promise-behind-the-fccs-net-neutrality-repeal-plan/2017/12/12/06471386-dec9-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.17defb43ebf1

 

Net Neutrality protests move online, yet big tech is quiet

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/technology/net-neutrality-fcc-tech.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171212&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

FCC chairman says social media lacks transparency in how it restricts conservatives https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/12/fcc-chairman-says-social-media-platforms-lack-transparency-in-how-they-restrict-conservative-content/?__twitter_impression=true

 

Veterans charity raises millions, but telemarketers are pocketing most of it

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/13/veterans-charity-telemarketers-virginia-216069

 

Trump has unprecedented power to remake powerful economic body

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/12/trump-has-unprecedented-power-to-remake-the-worlds-most-powerful-economic-body/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.3f7620212866

 

Trump's stand-in bureaucrats may have overstayed limits

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-12/acting-trump-brass-who-ve-stuck-around-too-long-may-draw-rebuke

 

Trump administration wrongfully withheld funds from a popular energy program

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/business/economy/the-trump-administration-wrongfully-withheld-funds-from-a-popular-energy-program-a-federal-watchdog-rules/2017/12/12/67606a24-d9f5-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html

https://thinkprogress.org/doe-illegally-withheld-funding-c17089c60dcc/

 

EPA watchdog launches investigation into Pruitt’s $25,000 privacy booth

https://thinkprogress.org/epa-investigates-pruitt-booth-fd36f815012c/

 

Court upholds Obama-era ban on new Grand Canyon uranium mines

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/12/grand-canyon-uranium-mines-ban-upheld-court-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=256472&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Report: Americans view Trump White House as most corrupt institution

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/12/12/report-americans-view-trump-white-house-as-the-most-corrupt-government-institution/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.fbfee58cd483

 

Trump sends sexually suggestive and demeaning tweet about Gillibrand

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/12/12/trump-sends-sexually-suggestive-and-demeaning-tweet-about-gillibrand/?__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.fe7c6f2b28a3

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/12/trump-takes-the-bait-in-sexually-suggestive-tweet-about-kirsten-gillibrand/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.335673b39a42

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/12/trump-bashes-gillibrand-using-a-favored-weapon-innuendo-as-insult/?utm_term=.12d8ac167f43

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/12/trump-sexual-misconduct-women-democrats?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=256472&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-gillibrand-tweet-56cdfd065353/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a30273204d3010b2a3f83a6&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

Gillibrand hits back at Trump over demeaning tweet

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/12/13/he-is-a-bully-gillibrand-hits-back-at-trump-over-demeaning-tweet-on-today/?utm_term=.425f46d8810b

 

Trump’s combative denials again draw him into the sexual harassment debate

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/us/politics/trump-blames-democrats-for-false-accusations-from-women.html?emc=edit_cn_20171213&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

“I am not a liar,” Florida Trump accuser tells national talk show

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local-govt--politics/not-liar-local-trump-accuser-tells-national-talk-show/rwkZsRZHApuGn4V4V2qFHP/

 

Frankel leads call for sexual-misconduct investigation of Trump

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/frankel-leads-call-for-sexual-misconduct-investigation-trump/LBbr4nEhLXNaW3kTV3XG0M/

 

Half of voters say sexual misconduct accusations against Trump are credible

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/13/republicans-senate-moore-alabama-293096

 

Schumer calls police over forged sexual harassment document

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chuck-schmer-forged-sexual-harassment-document_us_5a309bc5e4b01bdd76584e13?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__121317&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__121317+CID_1de50c91a3b6518657d63fbd6d834eeb&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=over%20a%20forged%20sexual%20harassment%20document&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__121317

 

“Fake news,” Trump’s obsession, is now a cudgel for strongmen

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/world/europe/trump-fake-news-dictators.html?emc=edit_cn_20171213&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Fox News v. Mueller

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/opinion/fox-news-robert-mueller.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20171213&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

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