Today's news -- June 6, 2017

 

 

Public school advocates concerned about charters *

Governor Rick Scott vetoed the education funding portion of the state budget last week, asking lawmakers to contribute more funding to public schools. Scott is asking for a $215 million boost to public school funding, which works out to about a $100 increase for each student. Public school advocates fear that even with an increase, public schools will not receive the same attention and support as charter schools. Scott and his staff spent two weeks behind closed doors hammering out a budget deal with the House. Schools will get $215 million more, and Scott will secure funding for his top priorities, Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida. Scott denies that part of the deal calls for him to sign a massive expansion of charter schools, but public school advocates are fearful. Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall says, "If we're all singing ‘Kumbaya’ at a press conference, then some deal has been cut somewhere along the way, and I believe the students, the public school students, are the pawns in that game.” The charter legislation would force public schools to share tax dollars for school construction and repair. The FEA says allowing the legislation to become law would harm public schools. "Charters were created originally to be a unique difference from the public schools, but now all they are parallel systems of competing for the same dollars,” says McCall.

http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Public-school-advocates-fearful-of-charter-legislation--426587531.html

 

Tallahassee gets special session, the public gets the bill * (Joanne McCall quoted)

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/239438-joe-henderson-tallahassee-gets-special-session-public-gets-bill

 

Secret budget deal undermines education, public trust *

Florida once served as a national model for good government. These days, the state is more like a national joke. The budget deal that Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday is lousy in terms of substance and how the deal came about.

• It would give public schools some temporary operating cash, but poke a long-term hole in funds for construction and maintenance.

• It would give the governor an $85 million slush fund for economic development.

• It would come at the expense of state colleges and many worthy local projects.

The deal is the exclusive work of Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart; and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. Each can claim victory as the state loses. The biggest problem is that Corcoran will also get his priority — House Bill 7069, the massive education package that school superintendents, school boards, the teachers' union and parents' groups want Scott to veto. Supposedly, the education bill isn't a done deal. The governor refused to say Friday whether he would sign it. But Floridians are smarter than that. They know Corcoran would never bend so far on economic incentives without securing a promise for his pet priority. Plus, he said: "I've never known the governor not to be a man of his word." How bad is HB 7069? Palm Beach County School Superintendent Robert Avossa told the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, "It's the single largest piece of legislation to dismantle public education that I've ever seen." For the first time, charter schools would get a share of property tax revenue that school districts use for construction and maintenance. It would give for-profit charter companies public money for buildings the public would not own. Avossa believes that would be unconstitutional. We agree. The Palm Beach County district expects to lose $230 million over 10 years, a figure that could rise if the giveaway draws even more charter operators. Broward County expects to lose $300 million over 10 years.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-secret-state-budget-20170605-story.html

 

Lawmaker files bill detailing student funding for special session

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-lawmaker-files-bill-detailing-student-funding-for-special-session/2326223

 

Scott vetoes school uniforms money in Florida budget

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/gov-rick-scott-vetoes-school-uniforms-money-in-florida-budget/2326199

 

The Silicon Valley billionaires remaking America’s schools

In the space of just a few years, technology giants have begun remaking the very nature of schooling on a vast scale, using some of the same techniques that have made their companies linchpins of the American economy. Through their philanthropy, they are influencing the subjects that schools teach, the classroom tools that teachers choose and fundamental approaches to learning. The involvement by some of the wealthiest and most influential titans of the 21st century amounts to a singular experiment in education, with millions of students serving as de facto beta testers for their ideas. Some tech leaders believe that applying an engineering mind-set can improve just about any system, and that their business acumen qualifies them to rethink American education. But the philanthropic efforts are taking hold so rapidly that there has been little public scrutiny.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/technology/tech-billionaires-education-zuckerberg-facebook-hastings.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170606&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

The demolition of American education

We have a budget for federal education policy that swings a mighty scythe, mostly at programs that serve middle-income and low-income students. Its major innovation is a proven failure. DeVos has no ideas about helping or improving public schools. Her only idea is choice. But we already know how that will turn out.

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/06/05/trump-devos-demolition-of-american-education/

 

FTC shuts down Boca Raton student loan relief operation

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article154497929.html

 

New bill gives governor $85 million grant fund with few strings attached

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article154501429.html

 

Visit Florida to use donated billboards to battle budget cut

http://malled.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/06/05/visit-florida-to-use-donated-billboards-to-battle-budget-cut/

 

Senate budget bills, Stand Your Ground change among 24 proposals sent to Scott

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/senate-budget-bills-stand-your-ground-change-among-24-proposals-sent-to/2326224

 

Let constitution panel stay in Sunshine

http://www.heraldtribune.com/opinion/20170605/editorial-let-constitution-panel-stay-in-sunshine

 

State should not face storm season without new leaders at NOAA, FEMA

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-floridians-should-not-face-storm-season-without-new-leaders-at/2326254

 

“Progress” on getting marijuana in Special Session but “no deal” yet

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/239460-progress-getting-marijuana

 

Dew named secretary of state Department of Transportation

http://saintpetersblog.com/mike-dew-named-secretary/

 

Heed voters' will on Florida land conservation

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-florida-forever-special-session-20170605-story.html

 

Under Trump, worker protections are viewed with new skepticism

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/business/under-trump-worker-protections-are-viewed-with-new-skepticism.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

Trump backs air traffic control privatization

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/politics/trump-privatize-air-traffic-control.html?emc=edit_cn_20170605&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-air-traffic-control-privatization-12556f2fb56e

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/05/news/trump-privatize-air-traffic-control/index.html

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/cerabino-taking-the-long-approach-trump-faa-plan/6adBzd8vOl2I1GxsTsCPpI/

 

Why Trump's plan to privatize air traffic control could end up costing more

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/5/15740810/trump-air-traffic-control-privatization

 

Nelson will fight Trump over air traffic control privatization

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article154496064.html

 

New high court challenge to labor unions

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article154543049.html

 

Hundreds of Walmart employees say they've been punished for taking sick days https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/hundreds-of-walmart-employees-say-theyve-been-punished-for-taking-sick-days-vgtrn?utm_content=buffer88895&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Top-secret report details Russian hacking effort days before 2016 election

https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/top-secret-nsa-report-details-russian-hacking-effort-days-before-2016-election/?ncid=newsltushpmgnewsThe%20Morning%20Email%20060617

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/05/russia-us-election-hack-voting-system-nsa-report?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=229420&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Intelligence contractor is charged in first leak case under Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/politics/reality-winner-contractor-leaking-russia-nsa.html?emc=edit_cn_20170605&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/contractor-charged-in-nsa-document-leak-case/2017/06/05/41144b0e-4a37-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html?utm_term=.1b98535de9fa&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/05/media-leaks-cybersecurity-espionage-239162

 

Trump will not block Comey from testifying, White House says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/politics/trump-will-not-block-comey-from-testifying-white-house-says.html?emc=edit_na_20170605&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/05/white-house-trump-will-not-try-to-stop-james-comey-testimony-by-asserting-executive-privilege/?wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation&wpmk=1

 

Does Trump have the power to block Comey from testifying? Probably not.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/06/06/does-trump-have-the-power-to-block-comey-from-testifying-probably-not/?utm_term=.8cb5fc1db2e0&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Conservatives torch Comey’s credibility ahead of Senate hearing

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article154301829.html

 

Mueller’s team brings storied prosecution pedigrees

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/06/mueller-russia-probe-trump-239163

 

Kasowitz, “toughest of the tough guys,” stands beside Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/business/dealbook/sorkin-marc-kasowitz-trump-lawyer.html?emc=edit_cn_20170605&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump promotes original “travel ban,” eroding his legal case

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/politics/trump-travel-ban.html?emc=edit_cn_20170605&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/05/trump-says-its-a-travel-ban-his-staff-insisted-it-wasnt/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.5a62469779c4

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-court-tweets-20170605-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/06/05/trumps-latest-unhinged-tweetstorm-could-hasten-his-downward-spiral/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.62660fedb63f

 

Trump’s fight with London mayor baffles his critics

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-fight-with-london-mayor-baffles-his-critics/2017/06/05/c7a1a9e2-4a09-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?utm_term=.9e71822685d3&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/05/trump-escalates-feud-with-london-mayor-after-terrorist-attack/?utm_term=.ec16e7215177&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/05/donald-trump-attack-courts-travel-ban-london

 

“Kill them all,” GOP rep says of “radicalized Islamic suspects” after London attacks

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/06/05/kill-them-all-gop-congressman-says-of-radicalized-islamic-suspects-after-london-attacks/?utm_term=.471669c10980&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://thinkprogress.org/house-republican-calls-for-mass-killing-of-radicalized-islamic-suspects-19824a1dbbd0

 

Trump grows discontented with Sessions

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/politics/trump-discontent-attorney-general-jeff-sessions.html

 

For undocumented mom, somewhere to shelter, but nowhere to run

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/ingrid-encalada-latorre-deportation-denver.html?emc=edit_th_20170606&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

A Texas border city is leading the charge against the state’s immigration crackdown

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/a-tiny-texas-border-city-is-leading-the-charge-against-the-states-immigration-crackdown/2017/06/04/7c167e10-47b3-11e7-a196-a1bb629f64cb_story.html?utm_term=.e8dbf5393768&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

What we lose by barring refugees

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/opinion/what-we-lose-by-barring-refugees.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170606&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Senate GOP aims for June vote on Obamacare repeal

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/05/obamacare-repeal-june-vote-239154

 

Mast defends health care vote, Trump at town hall

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/mast-defends-health-care-vote-trump-town-hall/Z4dDzwWFZKo4Nut2JYXk5I/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0OTY2OTI4MDIsImV4cCI6MTQ5NjgwNzk5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teXBhbG1iZWFjaHBvc3QuY29tIiwiZXhwIjoxNDk2ODA3OTk5LCJhdXRoZW4iOiJieXBhc3MifV19.gc9hk2yOpw5XJ47Hdyv8i2qzr6wM97NWsiAKPla_P8s&uuid=FEA48C6A-5EE4-4B9B-8AEF-47B755B9127B

 

Trump's legislative director acknowledges Russia is overwhelming his agenda

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/politics/white-house-turmoil-makes-it-harder-to-stay-focused-trump-aide-says.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170605&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/05/trump-russia-overwhelm-agenda-239166

 

In Trump’s White House, everything’s coming in “two weeks”

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-06/in-trump-s-white-house-everything-s-coming-in-two-weeks

 

The legal profession is failing low-income and middle-class people

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-legal-profession-is-failing-low-income-and-middle-class-people-lets-fix-that/2017/06/02/e266200a-246b-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?utm_term=.06f5321833de&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Supreme Court rules to limit SEC power to recover profit from fraud

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-rules-to-limit-sec-power-to-recover-profit-from-fraud/2017/06/05/13fc02b8-4a02-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html?utm_term=.8459f61f07b6&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Poll: Nearly six in ten oppose Trump scrapping Paris agreement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/05/post-abc-poll-nearly-6-in-10-oppose-trump-scrapping-paris-agreement/?utm_term=.7fd4805a03c8&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-hse%252Bnational&wpmk=1

 

In withdrawal from climate agreement, the Koch brothers’ campaign becomes overt

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/in-the-withdrawal-from-the-paris-climate-agreement-the-koch-brothers-campaign-becomes-overt/amp

 

Trump thinks weather and climate are unpredictable. He’s overdue for a briefing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/06/05/trump-thinks-weather-and-climate-are-unpredictable-hes-wrong-and-overdue-for-a-briefing/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.58a84d2368aa

 

EPA chief exaggerates growth of coal jobs by tens of thousands

https://thinkprogress.org/epa-chief-exaggerates-coal-job-growth-2ab69ed36b6

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/06/06/pruitts-claim-that-almost-50000-jobs-have-been-gained-in-coal/?utm_term=.a0106a0289d1&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Climate change progress at Trump's EPA is grinding to a halt, workers reveal

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/06/climate-change-work-trump-epa?CMP=edit_2221

 

If Trump won’t lead on climate change, everyone else will have to work around him

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/06/05/business-leaders-to-trump-we-will-make-america-great-despite-you/?utm_term=.4c251dd5008d&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

China looks to capitalize on clean energy as U.S. retreats

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/business/energy-environment/china-clean-energy-coal-pollution.html?emc=edit_cn_20170605&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Solar’s rise lifted these blue-collar workers. Now they’re worried about Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/05/solars-rise-in-north-carolina-lifted-blue-collar-workers-now-theyre-worried-about-trump/

 

A clinical fact check on Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/06/05/associated-press-piece-sounds-like-a-trump-slam-its-actually-a-clinical-fact-check/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.206455855a27

 

Our president is simply unpresidented

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/our-president-is-simply-unpresidented/2017/06/05/5e5c35b6-4a2b-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?utm_term=.641c1494f549&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-out-of-control/2017/06/05/9665c9a4-4a21-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?utm_term=.bb069f38a78c&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

The lawless presidency

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/opinion/the-lawless-presidency.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170606&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Democrats step up demands for Trump hotel records

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/05/trump-hotel-records-democrats-239152

 

Trump Organization to go budget friendly with “American Idea” hotel chain

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/business/trump-organization-american-idea-hotel-chain.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-hotel-company-moves-into-his-political-territory-beginning-with-mississippi/2017/06/05/34c94df8-4a5b-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html?utm_term=.ca5e03ab5e1f&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Saudis spent $270,000 at Trump hotel in lobbying campaign against 9/11 bill

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/04/saudis-spent-270k-at-trump-hotel-in-lobbying-campaign-against-911-bill/?utm_source=site-share

 

Kushner companies seeking $250 million to pay off Chinese backers

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/business/kushner-companies-trump-bay-street-eb5-visa.html?emc=edit_cn_20170605&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

How did “witch hunt” become the complaint of the powerful?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/magazine/how-did-witch-hunt-become-the-complaint-of-the-powerful.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170606&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

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