Today's news -- December 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

Proposals on term limits, superintendents move ahead

Despite pushback from the people who would be most affected, two proposed constitutional amendments aiming to change the governance of Florida public school districts gained support from a second committee of the Constitution Revision Commission on Thursday. The proposals to limit school board members to eight consecutive years in office, and to end the election of superintendents, next head to the full commission for consideration whether to place them on the 2018 ballot. They already moved through the commission's education committee. To get before voters, they still require 22  votes from the commission. To pass, they would need 60 percent support at the polls. Collier County School Board member Erika Donalds shepherded both recommendations through the Local Government Committee, which she chairs. She cast the measures as ways to end political service on school boards as a career, while promoting the superintendency as a profession rather than a political post. She downplayed opposition from long-serving school board members and elected superintendents, suggesting they had personal interests that clouded their judgment. "Term limits have overwhelming support by members of the public, and very little support by elected officials," Donalds said at one point. Those officials argued that the proposals aimed to reduce local control of local schools, and that the need was not there. "I don't understand the reason this is being brought forth. It's not a problem," Bay County Superintendent Bill Husfelt said of the elected superintendents proposal. "People don't want to give up their right to vote. I would urge you not to do this." Clay County political activist Travis Christensen said the voters in his county already held a vote whether to appoint their superintendent, and it failed. The law provides for other counties to do the same, he noted. Ruth Melton, director of advocacy for the Florida School Boards Association, argued that term limits also are unnecessary for board members. Over the past four election cycles, she said, 40 percent of board seats have resulted in member turnover. "We believe very strongly that voters have already imposed a natural term limit," Melton told the committee. Such positions gained some traction on the panel. Indian River County commissioner Bob Solari opposed both measures, saying he supports local control, not centralization and homogenization at the state level. He suggested that the CRC should focus on more significant issues that need resolution, noting that too many proposals before voters could hurt all of them. Others on the committee pushed the measures forward. Florida A&M University trustee Nicole Washington, for instance, said she fundamentally agreed with the idea of term limits to keep fresh perspectives on school boards. She did call for clarification on how the limits would be implemented, and whether they would be retroactive — an issue that caused much confusion. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco cast the only other opposing vote, against the superintendent item, as the two proposals moved on. The CRC plans to hold more public hearings around the state in early 2018, giving interested parties more opportunities to speak out. Earlier in the day, the commission's Education Committee held a two-hour session, where it heard reports on issues but voted on no proposals. One idea that did get universally panned during the conversation, though, was the notion of commemorating school start dates in the constitution. "I would certainly question the wisdom of that," Donalds said, adding that the issue generates more parent interest locally than just about any other that school boards deal with. The issue is best left to lawmakers, who properly assign some flexible guidelines and then leave the matter to districts, said Patricia Levesque, CEO of Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education. The committee had planned a conversation on the mission and intent of public education, as defined in the constitution. That idea gained relevance this week, as an appellate court ruled the language sufficiently vague to determine whether its goals of uniformity and and efficiency were being carried out. But the discussion didn't get off the ground, as staff brought a report on colleges that was only tangentially relevant. Members said they liked the language in the Massachusetts constitution preamble, and asked to bring back the topic for future debate over "what Article IX should look like" before they conclude their business. The committees are scheduled to reconvene January 12.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/12/14/proposals-on-school-board-term-limits-elected-superintendents-move-ahead/

 

Social studies teacher seeks Pasco School Board seat (USEP mentioned)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/12/14/social-studies-teacher-seeks-pasco-county-school-board-seat/

 

Hillsborough bus drivers now fighting for pay raise (Iran Alicea quoted)
http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2017/12/14/hillsborough_county_.html?cid=rss

 

Most districts reapply for Schools of Hope grant

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/12/14/most-districts-reapply-for-floridas-schools-of-hope-grant/

 

Education leaders mull how they'll pay for Puerto Rican students

http://wlrn.org/post/education-leaders-mull-how-theyll-pay-puerto-rican-students

 

Five years after Sandy Hook, the victims have not been forgotten

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/14/us/sandy-hook-newtown-shooting-victims-profiles/index.html

 

The legacy of Newtown: Lockdowns, active-shooter training and school security

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-legacy-of-newtown-lockdowns-active-shooter-training-and-school-security/2017/12/10/cc538e74-dacd-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.9443127351dc

 

Here’s a model for reform that looks vastly different from DeVos’ vision

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/14/heres-a-model-for-major-school-reform-that-looks-vastly-different-from-betsy-devoss-vision/?utm_term=.4c85abd64283

 

Lawmakers want college free speech rules amid First Amendment flareups

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/Florida-lawmakers-want-stronger-college-free-speech-rules-amid-First-Amendment-flareups_163572809

 

Community college bill worries education officials

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20171214/bill-worries-education-officials

 

Tax for graduate students killed, student loan interest deduction saved in bill

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/12/14/grad-tax-dead-student-loan-interest-deduction-saved-in-final-bill/?utm_term=.484e662890b9

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-grad-student-tax-reaction-20171214-story.html

 

Pasco-Hernando State College faculty to consider unionizing (Caitlin Gille quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/Pasco-Hernando-State-College-faculty-to-consider-unionizing_163384939

 

DeVos hit with two lawsuits in one day over backlog of student debt relief claims

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/12/14/betsy-devos-hit-with-two-lawsuits-in-one-day-over-backlog-of-student-debt-relief-claims/?utm_term=.2c99c902398b

 

Court says lawsuit over new justices must wait until Scott makes his pick

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/14/court-says-lawsuit-over-new-justices-must-wait-until-scott-makes-his-pick/

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_FLORIDA_SUPREME_COURT_FLOL-?SITE=FLPET&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-12-14-11-24-26

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/florida/articles/2017-12-14/florida-supreme-court-tosses-petition-to-block-appointments

 

Court records shed light on Scott administration sexual harassment settlements

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/251730-court-records-shed-light-scott-administration-sexual-harassment-settlements

 

Speaker bashes special interests but spends their money lavishly

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/14/the-florida-house-speaker-who-criticized-wild-campaign-spending-is-now-doing-it-himself-and-wont-apologize/

 

Companies profit from undocumented laborers, dump them after injuries

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/special-reports/2017/12/14/floridas-disposable-workers-companies-profit-immigrants-reported-after-work-injuries-workers-comp/863286001/

 

Hurricane state Republicans demand disaster aid by Christmas

https://apnews.com/a8847104c3694b9c837bb6d776681462/Hurricane-state-Republicans-demand-disaster-aid-by-Christmas

 

Hurricane Irma debris cleanup close to finished in South Florida

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/fl-reg-irma-debris-removal-20171212-story.html

 

Congress should help Puerto Rico -- not hurt it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/congress-should-help-puerto-rico--not-hurt-it/2017/12/14/f03226ee-e0f8-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html?utm_term=.188b4bda44a0

 

As deadline looms, Floridians have extra time to sign up for Obamacare coverage

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article189820014.html

 

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: Welcome to America

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/15/america-extreme-poverty-un-special-rapporteur?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=256755&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Republicans despise the working class

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/opinion/republicans-working-class-taxes.html?emc=edit_th_20171215&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Labor BOARD REVERSES RULING THAT HELPED WORKERS FIGHT CHAINS

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/business/economy/labor-employers.html?emc=edit_cn_20171215&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

The GOP’s legislative lemons

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/opinion/the-gops-legislative-lemons.html?emc=edit_th_20171215&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Republican tax bill faces new uncertainty ahead of expected vote

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/us/politics/republicans-tax-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20171215&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

The GOP tax bill may be the worst piece of legislation in modern history

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gop-tax-bill-may-be-the-worst-piece-of-legislation-in-modern-history/2017/12/14/c1def814-e119-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.878ad57d4286

 

A feast for regulatory parasites

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-feast-for-regulatory-parasites/2017/12/14/bfa009a2-e115-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.3adb20fcb78a

 

Millions of children could lose health coverage starting next month

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/14/us/children-at-risk-of-losing-health-care-CHIP.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20171215&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/15/chip-health-program-partisan-washington-228407

 

The math on passing the Republican tax bill keeps getting more complex

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/12/14/the-math-on-passing-the-republican-tax-bill-keeps-getting-more-complex/?utm_term=.76148eaa3cb2

 

With billions at stake in tax debate, lobbyists played hardball

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/us/politics/lobbyists-tax-overhaul-congress.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171215&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Rubio to vote against tax bill if child credit isn't expanded for low-income families

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article189782689.html

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/14/rubio-a-no-vote-on-tax-bill-unless-it-includes-child-tax-credit/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/rubio-to-vote-against-gop-tax-bill-unless-tax-credit-for-working-poor-is-expanded/2017/12/14/8be53a22-e0f9-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.d63fc0d884aa

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/14/rubio-tax-reform-vote-child-tax-credit-296083

 

Rubio should make good his threat to oppose tax cuts without changes

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/Editorial-Rubio-should-make-good-his-threat-to-oppose-tax-cuts-without-changes_163596632?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Trump says “very sure” Rubio will vote “yes”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-14/gop-senator-says-bill-text-likely-by-friday-tax-debate-update

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/14/politics/wh-council-of-economics-advisers-chairman-kevin-hassett-erin-burnett-outfront-cnntv/index.html

 

One last chance for Collins to reject bad GOP tax bill

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2017/12/14/one-last-chance-for-collins-reject-bad-gop-tax-bill/BnuEACWJtG44qTFDG5rfRO/story.html?s_campaign=bostonglobe:social:googleamp:sharetools

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/us/politics/susan-collins-tax-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20171215&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Music promoter dangled possible Putin meeting for Trump during campaign

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/music-promoter-dangled-possible-putin-meeting-for-trump-during-campaign/2017/12/14/38d6a8e2-dec5-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.21b10b7cfa52

 

House interview with longtime Trump aide fuels tension on intelligence panel

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-interview-with-longtime-trump-aide-fuels-tension-on-intelligence-panel/2017/12/14/c8207a16-e107-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html?utm_term=.9fc8d60a9dc2

 

The Russia facts are hiding in plain sight

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-russia-facts-are-hiding-in-plain-sight/2017/12/14/81de3c56-e106-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.0117ffb63204

 

Let’s be clear on what Republicans are really saying about the Mueller probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/12/14/lets-be-clear-on-what-republicans-are-really-saying-about-the-mueller-probe/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.79feaa9c15db

 

Bondi's Rosenstein defense gets pushback during Hannity interview

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/12/14/bondis-rosenstein-defense-gets-pushback-during-hannity-interview-147408

 

Democrats want to know why Justice Department released FBI texts

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/14/fbi-agents-text-message-justice-department-congress-democrats-297737

 

Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

https://www.apnews.com/074e7d62cbde455c8e72478aac1740b4

 

Trump super PAC quietly launches new ad campaign targeting Mueller

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-pac-mueller-2e51b395d246/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a32e65304d30145b6e2e692&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

Doubting intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves threat unchecked

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/donald-trump-pursues-vladimir-putin-russian-election-hacking/?utm_term=.b26b217a6468

 

“Are you normal?” Putin asks U.S. Congress in annual news gathering

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/world/europe/vladimir-putin-media.html?src=twr&_r=0

 

Trump thanks Putin for remarks on strong economy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-thanks-putin-in-phone-call-for-remarks-on-strong-us-economy/2017/12/14/3f2b6a3a-e13f-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html?utm_term=.7450f68abee3

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/14/trump-putin-north-korea-297735

 

FCC repeals net neutrality rules

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/technology/net-neutrality-repeal-vote.html?emc=edit_cn_20171215&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/14/fcc-votes-to-repeal-net-neutrality-rules-295500

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/14/net-neutrality-fcc-rules-open-internet?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=256755&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

The FCC’s net neutrality rules are gone. Now this is what could happen to the Web.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/13/net-neutrality-keeps-the-web-from-running-like-an-airport-security-line-and-it-might-go-away/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.76fb549b3be1

 

Gutting net neutrality is Trump administration’s most brutal blow to democracy yet

https://www.thenation.com/article/gutting-net-neutrality-is-the-trump-administrations-most-brutal-blow-to-democracy-yet/

 

New York attorney general to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/12/new-york-attorney-to-sue-fcc-over-net-neutrality-r.html

https://thinkprogress.org/net-neutrality-repeal-isnt-over-bc5295b2a380/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

 

Yoho: Net neutrality vote does not pose a threat to the Internet

https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/12/14/u-s-rep-yoho-net-neutrality-vote-does-not-pose-a-threat-to-the-internet/

 

The Supreme Court gets a second chance to quash gerrymandering

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-supreme-court-gets-a-second-chance-to-quash-gerrymandering/2017/12/14/4d7580ca-dec5-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.fa3243c63dbf

 

Trump judicial nominee can’t answer basic questions about the law in hearing

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-judicial-nominee-cant-answer_us_5a3357d2e4b01d429cc76802?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__121517&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__121517+CID_bbfb472c981ac38d489ff91ceec88628&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=HuffPost&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__121517

 

Longtime Tampa federal judge plans 2018 retirement from regular service

http://www.tbo.com/news/courts/Tampa-s-Judge-K-longtime-federal-jurist-plans-2018-retirement-from-regular-judicial-service_163598850

 

Trump pledges to cut regulations down to 1960 levels

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-pledges-to-whittle-federal-regulations-down-to-1960-levels/2017/12/14/17de13a4-e119-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.2b76cdb92c0b

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/us/politics/trump-federal-regulations.html?emc=edit_cn_20171215&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

That giant stack of paper Trump stood next to? A little too giant.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/12/14/that-giant-stack-of-paper-trump-stood-next-to-a-little-too-giant/?utm_term=.8748cf974f1f

 

More than 700 employees have left the EPA since Pruitt took over

https://thinkprogress.org/epa-employees-leaving-under-pruitt-11b36a220062/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a32df4b04d3013d8b77d5a9&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

Trump environmental officials are keeping tight rein over FOIA requests

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/12/15/trump-environmental-officials-are-keeping-tight-rein-over-stampede-of-foia-requests/?utm_term=.fb02faad898d

 

Homeland Security senior adviser promoted birtherism

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/14/politics/kfile-frank-wuco-on-the-radio/index.html

 

A new sisterhood of Trump’s accusers pushes for action

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-new-sisterhood-of-trumps-accusers-pushes-for-action/2017/12/14/360bbf1c-df6a-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.cf833dc8ad8d

 

Huckabee’s spectacular false equivalency

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/14/mike-huckabees-spectacular-false-equivalency/?utm_term=.9cf879fe5cca

 

With new focus on sexual misconduct, Democrats take aim at Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/us/politics/democrats-trump-sexual-misconduct.html?emc=edit_cn_20171215&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Gillibrand and the whiplash of #MeToo

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/nyregion/kirsten-gillibrand-and-the-whiplash-of-metoo.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171214&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Omarosa Manigault: “I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable”

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/omarosa-manigault-speaks-wh-exit-things-made-uncomfortable/story?id=51786749

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/14/omarosa-manigault-newman-trump-ive-seen-things-that-made-me-uncomfortable?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=256755&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/opinion/omarosa-donald-trump-fired.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171215&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-meta-soap-opera-of-omarosa-manigaults-white-house-exit/2017/12/14/31ff281a-e0fe-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.209934ca461b

 

CBS’ Garrett on working in Trump’s White House of “disdain and deflection”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/cbs-major-garrett-on-working-in-trumps-white-house-of-disdain-and-deflection

 

 

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