Today's news -- March 14, 2017

 

 

 

 

Eliminating political interference would be a real bonus

Two years later, we're still talking about teacher bonuses. As if this is the magical elixir that will suddenly lead to better schools, well-rounded students and happier lives. If you had not yet heard, the folks in Tallahassee are rolling out improvements to their "Best and Brightest" bonus plan for teachers. And by improvements, I mean upgrading the plan from truly idiotic to largely ineffective. The Legislature seems convinced that all it will take to fix public education is a checkbook and a gimmick. It's an interesting strategy for folks who usually complain about throwing money at problems. What they fail to see is that there is a much simpler way to solve a growing teacher shortage crisis: Stay the heck out of the classroom. It's not a lack of pay that is driving teachers into early retirement and persuading college graduates to major in anything other than education. After all, nobody has ever gone into teaching because they figured it was the quickest way to buy a yacht. Heck, a recent PolitiFact analysis shows Florida has been underpaying its teachers, relative to the rest of the nation, for nearly 50 years. So, no, a handful of bonuses will not solve a thing. The bigger issue is that politicians, such as House Speaker Richard Corcoran, have killed morale with their words and destroyed motivation with their micromanagement of schools. If they really want to attract good teachers, which goes hand-in-hand with helping students, legislators would stop trying to run school schedules, curricula, lesson plans and evaluations from Tallahassee. "Of course, everybody wants more money, but that's not the issue I hear about most from teachers," said Carl Zimmerman, a former state representative and longtime Countryside High teacher. "Give teachers more autonomy. Allow them to teach instead of plastering their walls with meaningless papers about learning goals and rubrics and cookie-cutter lessons." An elected official recently told me the Legislature has only three mandates every session:

1. Pass a budget.

2. Pass as many gun laws as possible.

3. Completely remake education every year.

It would be funny if it wasn't sadly accurate. They love to talk about smaller government, and then they try legislating a child's education from kindergarten to college and every recess in between. And they think that giving 3 percent of the state's teachers a $7,000 bonus from the "Best and Brightest" program will somehow solve 180 days of nonsense for everyone else during the school year. "Money matters, but it's like No. 3 or 4 on a list that begins with working conditions," said Mike Gandolfo, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association. "Teachers do their jobs because it's a calling; they get joy out of reaching out to kids. And Tallahassee has done everything in its power to eliminate the joy of teaching — and the joy of learning." There's nothing wrong with offering financial incentives to reward a job well done. Bonuses can even be used to entice quality teachers to work at low-performing schools, which is one of the reforms now being discussed. The Legislature is also considering using national certification test scores as possible bonus incentives, which has some merit. And yet, lawmakers are stubbornly refusing to give up on the idea of tying bonuses to scores on college entrance exams for veteran teachers. Unfortunately, lawmakers see this issue as a battle with teachers associations, and they enjoy cutting union leaders out of any compensation discussions. So bully for them. They control this game. It would just be nice if they recognized that alienating teachers is a surefire way of harming students, too.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/romano-eliminating-political-interference-would-be-a-real-teacher-bonus/2316465?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Polk unions, district disagree about progress in contract talks (Marianne Capoziello quoted)
http://www.theledger.com/news/20170310/unions-school-district-disagree-about-progress-in-contract-talks

 

Manatee School Board to end impasse on contract at hearing (Pat Barber quoted)
http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/education/article138295468.html

 

Brevard school budget goals: No new debt, teacher raises (Dan Bennett, Vanessa Skipper and Anthony Colucci quoted)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/13/brevard-school-budget-goals-no-new-debt-teacher-raises/98888952/

 

Indian River School Board can't be trusted to be impartial in these matters (Liz Cannon mentioned)
http://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/03/13/letter-iindian-river-county-school-board-cant-trusted-impartial-these-matters/98892446/

 

More than 3,000 Central Florida students seek school transfers so far

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-transfers-schools-lake-osceola-florida-law-20170313-story.html

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/clay/2017-03-13/clay-school-board-considers-controlled-open-enrollment-plan

 

One state says no to school grades as school accountability continues to evolve

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/one-state-says-no-to-school-grades-as-school-accountability-continues-to/2316427

 

Indiana and the great voucher scam

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/03/13/karen-francisco-indiana-and-the-great-voucher-scam/

 

In pricey Silicon Valley, teachers scramble for housing

https://www.citylab.com/housing/2017/03/in-pricey-silicon-valley-teachers-scramble-for-housing/519360/?utm_source=SFTwitter&ncid=newsltushpmgnews

 

Bill would shield university search information

http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20170313/bill-would-shield-university-search-information (Jennifer Proffitt quoted)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-state-house-bill-applications-20170313-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Graduate assistants push back against UF health care proposal (Charles Shields and Bobby Mermer quoted)
http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_8c22b44e-0862-11e7-bf28-bbaca03a53d0.html

 

Sweeping change in Senate higher ed agenda

http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/decision-florida-sweeping-change-senate-higher-ed-agenda#stream/0

 

State unemployment rises for first time in nearly a year

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/economicdevelopment/florida-unemployment-rises-for-first-time-in-nearly-a-year/2316399?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-unemployment-january-2017-story.html

 

Unemployment numbers in state last year were higher than first reported

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/economicdevelopment/florida-unemployment-rises-for-first-time-in-nearly-a-year/2316399

 

Tallahassee rally: “Equal pay for equal work”

http://www.wmnf.org/tally-rally-equal-pay-equal-work/

 

Scott talks jobs in Tallahassee

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/money/2017/03/13/gov-scott-talks-jobs-tallahassee/99118364/

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Scott-keeps-up-pressure-on-House-GOP

 

After Enterprise Florida fight, Scott has little political capital left

http://saintpetersblog.com/joe-henderson-enterprise-florida-rick-scott-little-political-capital-left/

 

Orlando EDC goes under House spotlight

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-orlando-edc-spending-legislature-20170313-story.html

 

Bill unfairly limits access to records

http://www.heraldtribune.com/opinion/20170313/editorial-bill-unfairly-limits-access-to-records

 

Scott signs death penalty fix: Florida now requires unanimous decision

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/gov-rick-scott-signs-new-unanimous-jury-standard-for-death-penalty-into-law/2316472

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/scott-signs-death-penalty-fix-florida-now-requires-unanimous-decision/fDNI8y7XFWiGosr0yx7txK/

 

House proposes tracking slower Supreme Court decisions

http://news.wfsu.org/post/house-proposes-tracking-slower-supreme-court-decisions

 

Documentary takes state’s privatized child welfare system to task

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233792-foster-shock-documentary-takes-floridas-privatized-child-welfare-system-task

 

Federal lawsuit challenges “arbitrary” state clemency system

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/federal-lawsuit-challenges-arbitrary-florida-clemency-system/2316426

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Lawsuit-challenges-state-on-felon-voting-rights

 

Bill cracking down on “sanctuary cities” clears first committee stop

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/bill-cracking-down-on-sanctuary-cities-clears-first-committee-stop-110339

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170313/bill-advances-to-outlaw-sanctuary-policies-in-florida

 

Florida may try again to drug test welfare recipients who have felony convictions

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-may-try-again-to-drug-test-welfare-recipients-who-have-felony/2316457

 

Proposal to make secretary of state elected office advances

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/proposal-make-florida-secretary-state-elected-office-advances/y0xwcbco9mNfg4FwFJVHBM/

 

If the EPA goes away, is the state up to the job of protecting state's environment?

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/if-the-epa-goes-away-is-the-state-up-to-the-job-of-protecting-floridas/2316501

 

A relentless widening of disparity in wealth

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/12/business/economy/a-relentless-rise-in-unequal-wealth.html

 

Trump’s budget director claims Obama was “manipulating” jobs data

https://thinkprogress.org/mulvaney-jobs-report-obama-manipulating-813869a67fe6#.esqctdlxl

 

The White House takes its attacks on jobs data to a new (and dangerous) level

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-white-house-takes-its-attacks-on-jobs-data-to-a-new-and-dangerous-level/

 

Trump’s deliberate corruption of reality-based governing

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/13/donald-trumps-deliberate-corruption-of-reality-based-governing/?utm_term=.9377c09113c3

 

Trump's shortsighted budget cut plans

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-trumps-shortsighted-budget-cut-plans/2316434

 

Worker safety rules are among those under fire in Trump era

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/business/us-worker-safety-rules-osha.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170314&nl=first-draft&nl_art=12&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Proposed law could be a new attack on civil rights

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/business/dealbook/class-action-proposed-law.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170313&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

Health-care revision would reduce insured by 24 million, CBO projects

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/obamacare-revision-would-reduce-insured-numbers-by-24-million/2017/03/13/ea4c860a-0829-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.088d57adad95&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/us/politics/affordable-care-act-health-congressional-budget-office.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170314&nl=first-draft&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/act-of-mercy-gop-health-care-replacement-congressional-budget-office_us_58c70af7e4b0598c6698f7e9?596rua2iu3z7ojemi&&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Morning%20Email%203142017&utm_content=The%20Morning%20Email%203142017+CID_90068ee630087253d9f48bd0112d2e09&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=HuffPost&

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/13/us/politics/cbo-analysis-republican-health-plan.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170314&nl=first-draft&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/article138359058.html

 

White House analysis sees even deeper insurance losses than CBO

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/obamacare-uninsured-white-house-236019?ncid=newsltushpmgnews

 

The CBO shows there is no rational justification for the GOP health plan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-cbo-reveals-republicans-health-care-cruelty/2017/03/13/7d1012fe-0834-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/03/13/the-gop-obamacare-replacement-is-heartlessness-distilled/?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Fact check: Trump’s critiques of the Affordable Care Act

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/us/politics/fact-check-trump-obamacare-health-care.html?emc=edit_cn_20170314&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/13/what-the-cbo-says-about-the-republican-plan-by-the-numbers/?utm_term=.e6ef4dea912d&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

GOP scrambles after scorching health bill appraisal

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/obamacare-repeal-congress-uninsured-236010

 

No magic in how GOP plan lowers premiums: It penalizes older people

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/upshot/no-magic-in-how-gop-plan-lowers-premiums-it-penalizes-older-people.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170314&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Republicans’ healthcare plan is a classic case of class warfare

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article138328363.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/opinion/trading-health-care-for-the-poor-for-tax-cuts-for-the-rich.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170313&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Threat to women’s health

http://www.heraldtribune.com/opinion/20170313/barbara-zdravecky-threat-to-womens-health

 

CBO: Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/13/cbo-defunding-planned-parenthood-would-lead-to-thousands-more-births/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_ppimpact-1030pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.8519e315278f

 

White House budget director’s false claims about the Obamacare legislative process

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/03/14/white-house-budget-directors-false-claims-about-the-obamacare-legislative-process/?utm_campaign=be3a5d641c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_14&utm_medium=email&utm_source=All%20Poynter%20Subscribers&utm_term=.85c992954817

 

Trumpcare vs. Obamacare: apocalypse foretold

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/opinion/trumpcare-vs-obamacare-apocalypse-foretold.html?emc=edit_th_20170314&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

The original lie about Obamacare

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/opinion/the-original-lie-about-obamacare.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170314&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump on coverage of Obamacare: “When he left, people liked him”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/13/trump-compares-rise-in-obamacares-popularity-to-obama-when-he-left-people-liked-him/?utm_term=.3ec6cf34120d&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Heritage Action: Conservatives who stop House health-care bill “will never regret it”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/13/heritage-action-conservatives-who-stop-house-health-care-bill-will-never-regret-it/?utm_term=.df4a25938f96&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

White House attacks on CBO could set up months of brawling

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/white-house-attacks-on-cbo-could-set-up-months-of-brawling/2017/03/13/0ece13e0-0839-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.aef10155fcd7&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

The Republicans’ biggest problem: They won

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/taking-names-scott-maxwell/os-republican-health-care-trump-scott-maxwell-20170313-story.html

 

Agency seeks more time after Congress requests proof of Trump wiretap

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-dept-seeks-more-time-after-congress-requests-proof-of-trump-wiretap/2017/03/13/b15e50d8-083f-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.ec31bd891082&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Conway suggests Obama bugged Trump using “microwaves”
https://thinkprogress.org/conway-microwaves-that-turn-into-cameras-trump-tower-obama-evidence-671353f27805#.owb1r6hpr

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/us/politics/kellyanne-conway-obama-microwave-surveillance.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-obama-surveillance-wiretap-kellyanne-conway-235986

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-trump-administration-dons-a-tinfoil-hat/2017/03/13/597d65d0-082a-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

No, microwave ovens cannot spy on you -- for lots of reasons

https://www.wired.com/2017/03/kellyanne-conway-microwave-spying/

 

Spicer explains why “wire tapping” is different from wiretapping

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/13/sean-spicer-just-explained-why-wire-tapping-is-different-from-wire-tapping/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.d4c14a7b96fa

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/us/politics/kellyanne-conway-obama-microwave-surveillance.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170314&nl=first-draft&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/13/out-literal-vs-serious-interpretations-of-trumps-comments-in-joking-vs-not/?utm_term=.4201cd4fbb78&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Abrupt layoffs leave U.S. attorneys scrambling

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whitehouse/abrupt-layoffs-leave-us-attorneys-scrambling/2017/03/13/27ce4e96-07c1-11e7-bd19-fd3afa0f7e2a_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.8232e9499640

 

Report: Probe of Fox News extends to snooping

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/03/13/report-probe-of-fox-news-extends-to-snooping/?utm_term=.0a908a91eaf6&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/nyregion/federal-inquiry-of-fox-news-moves-to-a-grand-jury-but-without-preet-bharara.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170313&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Washington's spy paranoia

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/city-of-spies/519321/?utm_source=fbb

 

Congressman estimates 1,400 veterans deported in recent years

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/congressman-estimates-1400-veterans-deported?utm_content=buffer3c3aa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

King stands by racist tweet: “I meant exactly what I said”

https://thinkprogress.org/steve-king-stands-by-racist-claims-59457bf800ba#.e2abc8g7r

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/us/politics/steve-king-babies-civilization.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170314&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/white-supremacism-is-ready-to-roar/2017/03/13/883e7570-082b-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0_story.html?utm_term=.15d247a23cbc&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/13/why-are-we-hearing-crickets-from-the-gop-on-steve-kings-ugly-tweet/?utm_term=.9bad63b9e15d&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Miami Republicans to Iowa's King: “Get a clue”

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/03/miami-republicans-to-iowas-steve-king-get-a-clue.html

 

FSU graduate student stranded in Iran resumes research

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/03/13/fsu-graduate-student-stranded-iran-resumes-research-fsu-future-remains-uncertain/99121926/

 

It’s Democrats’ turn to hint at a shutdown, over border wall funding

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/us/politics/budget-wall-government-shutdown-democrats.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170314&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The very legitimacy of our democracy is under threat

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-very-legitimacy-of-our-democracy-is-under-threat/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY_2017_03_13&utm_term=daily

 

Trump, the anecdotal president

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/13/donald-trump-the-anecdotal-president/?utm_term=.322a0edc1111&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Want to reduce fatal police shootings? This policy makes a big difference.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/03/14/want-to-reduce-fatal-police-shootings-this-policy-makes-a-big-difference/?utm_term=.af1a35f87614&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Time to grill Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/time-to-grill-trumps-nominee-for-agriculture-secretary/2017/03/13/adeec218-081a-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Kushners set to get $400 million from Chinese firm on tower

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-13/kushners-set-to-get-400-million-from-chinese-on-marquee-tower

 

Trump administration reviewing ways to make it easier to launch drone strikes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-reviewing-ways-to-make-it-easier-to-launch-drone-strikes/2017/03/13/ac39ced0-07f8-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0_story.html?utm_term=.bf700798e678&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

White House seeks to cut billions in funding for United Nations

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/03/13/white-house-seeks-to-cut-billions-in-funding-for-united-nations/

 

 

 

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