Today's news -- March 2, 2017

 

 

Education changes will drive lawmakers’ agenda

Every level of Florida’s public education system — affecting kindergarten to university students — faces some measure of drastic reform in the upcoming legislative session that begins Tuesday. Just some of what’s on the table:

▪ “Dramatic” expansions of school choice alternatives in K-12 public schools and the state’s voucher-like scholarship programs are a top priority of Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran. His education chairmen also have grand goals of narrowing the achievement gap for the state’s lowest-performing schools by attracting and expanding innovative educational options.

▪ The operations of Florida’s 28 public colleges could be reined in over what some senators see as unnecessary competition with the state’s public universities, sparking a need for more oversight.

▪ And the State University System itself faces a changed future as Republican Senate President Joe Negron seeks to make Florida’s 12 public universities globally competitive with the likes of the University of Virginia or the University of Michigan. It’s a bold, sweeping agenda for both the House and Senate — intentionally so, Republican leaders say. “We understand that it’s extremely ambitious; I think we wouldn’t have it any other way. There is a clear opportunity this year,” House pre-K-12 education budget chairman Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, said. “You have to make dramatic changes if you’re going to have dramatic results,” he added. The higher education reforms — with the exception of the state college changes — generally seem to have little opposition, but the K-12 reforms the House envisions are likely to spark backlash from supporters of traditional public schools, such as Democrats and the state’s largest teachers union, the Florida Education Association. However, with the 2017 session already set up to be a combative affair, there’s real potential Corcoran and Negron might get in each other’s way and that their favored education proposals might be caught in the political cross-fire. Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, rejects that the education reforms could end up being used as leverage for negotiating -- a practice that lawmakers commonly employ every year so that House and Senate leaders can eventually declare mutual success in achieving their goals before the annual 60-day session ends. “I don’t like the horse-trading stuff; that ends up in bad policy,” said Corcoran, who aims to “change the culture” of the Legislature. “We’re not going to do any of that. ... I can’t — we [the House] can’t — govern the behavior of other entities, but I think that a lot of times all it takes is one chamber to say: ‘This is how we’ll behave.’ ” But Negron -- a Stuart Republican known for his diligent and wonkish approach to policy and the legislative process -- won’t rule it out: “As Senator [Anitere] Flores says: ‘Everything is related to everything.’ So I’ll leave it at that,” he said. House education committees have spent much of their pre-session workweeks holding discussions on key issues in preparation for what Diaz described as “a very aggressive agenda when it comes to school reform.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article135754013.html

 

Pasco non-instructional contract issues go to hearing officer (Kenny Blankenship and Jim Ciadella quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-non-instructional-contract-issues-go-to-hearing-officer/2314931

 

Manatee teachers win round in wrangling over new contract (Pat Barber quoted)
http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/education/article135707748.html

http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local/teacher-salary-recommendations-in-manatee-county-released-in-special-hearing/article_f3995e64-ff36-11e6-bc23-f79c3842a52f.html

 

Manatee School Board backs away from move to curb district-mandated testing

http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/education/article135864858.html

 

Absentee rate surges for Hispanic students in Palm Beach schools

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-pb-schools-hispanic-absences-20170301-story.html

Arts program's state funding on the chopping block

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/prodigy-programs-state-funding-on-the-chopping-block/2314948

 

Senator wants study of school funding

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/sfl-florida-senator-wants-study-of-school-funding-20170301-story.html

 

Senator wants website detailing education spending

http://news.wfsu.org/post/fl-senator-wants-website-detailing-education-spending

 

Families join educators in effort to show DeVos value of public schools

http://educationvotes.nea.org/2017/02/25/families-join-educators-effort-show-betsy-devos-value-public-schools/

 

Trump’s call for school vouchers is a return to a campaign pledge

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/trump-school-vouchers-campaign-pledge.html?emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/03/01/trumps-first-school-visit-as-president-will-be-to-a-catholic-school-in-florida/?utm_term=.727aadfafa3d

 

Negron puts spotlight on higher ed system

Although he has three degrees, including a law degree from Emory University and a master's from Harvard, Senate President Joe Negron went back to college last spring. It was a unique journey for an incoming legislative leader that took Negron on a tour of Florida's 12 public universities, from the University of West Florida at the western edge of the Panhandle to Florida International University in the urban center of Miami-Dade County. Negron's trip, which included talking with students, professors and administrators, helped him form the basis of an ambitious plan for the 2017 legislative session to elevate Florida's higher-education system. His legislative thesis is straightforward: He believes Florida, as the nation's third-largest state, should have some of the best public universities in the country, on par with institutions like the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia. Negron, R-Stuart, wants to substantially boost university funding while also holding schools to higher performance standards, including having more undergraduates finish in four years. He also wants to offer more financial support and incentives to students, including expanding the Bright Futures merit scholarship program and providing more aid to low-income students. Key elements of Negron's plan are in line with Gov. Rick Scott, who also supports expanding Bright Futures, using measurement standards and making higher education more affordable. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, said he is open to ideas like expanding Bright Futures and other higher-education initiatives "that transform and make Floridians' lives better." The biggest unknown is the state budget, with the expectation that lawmakers will have to balance their legislative priorities against an austere spending plan. But Negron, a veteran lawmaker who has chaired budget committees in the House and Senate, said over time the higher-education initiative "and targeted financial investments in faculty and infrastructure will enhance the national reputation of Florida's state university system."

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170301/negron-puts-spotlight-on-higher-ed-system

 

New FGCU president will confront worries over hate crime reports

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/following-racist-incidents-fgcu-to-choose-black-presidents-successor-109913

 

Poll finds Florida voters are against campus carry and corporate tax cuts

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233054-poll-finds-florida-voters-campus-carry-corporate-tax-cuts

 

Does splitting bill in two edge Enterprise Florida closer to chopping block?

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233052-splitting-bill-two-edge-enterprise-florida-closer-chopping-block

 

Scott hits road again to defend Enterprise Florida

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/rick-scott-hits-road-again-to-defend-enterprise-florida/2314955

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Scott%20keeps%20pressure%20on%20House%20members

 

Fact-checking dueling claims by Scott, House about Enterprise Florida and jobs

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article135688803.html

 

House member opposes incentives -- but got public dollars for job creation

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/company-run-by-house-member-opposed-to-state-incentives-got-taxpayer-boost-109940

 

Five ways Floridians could be burned by the Legislature

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/for-a-better-florida-editorial-5-ways-floridians-could-be-burned-by-the/2314862

 

Scott appoints Beruff to chair Constitution Revision Commission

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/scott-names-carlos-beruff-to-chair-the-powerful-constitution-revision/2314973

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Scott%20ally%20Beruff%20to%20lead%20Constitution%20Revision%20Commission

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/232982-jeff-woodburn-named-executive-director-constitutional-revision-commission

 

Gas prices projected to rise 30 cents per gallon this month

http://www.bradenton.com/news/business/article135676173.html

 

Liquid heart of Florida is in trouble and Legislature split on what to do

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/essays/liquid-heart-of-florida-is-in-trouble-and-legislature-split-on-what-to-do/2314659

 

The voters have spoken loudly for Sunshine State solar power

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/column-the-voters-have-spoken-loudly-for-sunshine-state-solar-power/2314968

 

Trump’s budget proposal is an attack on the working class

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-budget-proposal-is-an-attack-on-the-working-class/
 

Trump still wants you to be very, very afraid

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-still-wants-you-to-be-very-very-afraid/2017/03/01/3a260fa8-fea6-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.f916a9bf4de2

 

Trump goes all in for the military-industrial complex

https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-goes-all-in-for-the-military-industrial-complex/

 

Sessions didn’t disclose meetings with Russian envoy last year

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-spoke-twice-with-russian-ambassador-during-trumps-presidential-campaign-justice-officials-say/2017/03/01/77205eda-feac-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.c25e9e11f11a&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/graham-sessions-trump-russia-235597

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/02/jeff-sessions-russian-ambassador-trump-campaign?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215703&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://thinkprogress.org/jeff-sessions-shifting-deceptive-explanations-for-his-secret-meetings-with-russia-18aad1529dd7#.q27yivqsg

 

Obama administration preserved intelligence of Russian election hacking

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/obama-trump-russia-election-hacking.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

House Intelligence panel publicizes scope of Russia probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/01/house-intelligence-panel-publicizes-scope-of-russia-probe/?utm_term=.f8b002cb4687&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Top Republicans call on Sessions to recuse himself from Russia investigation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/top-gop-lawmaker-calls-on-sessions-to-recuse-himself-from-russia-investigation/2017/03/02/148c07ac-ff46-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.e4d7052d36ea&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/jeff-sessions-russia-trump-investigation-democrats.html?emc=edit_na_20170302&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=cta

 

It’s now political suicide for Republicans if they don’t call for deeper investigations https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/01/its-now-political-suicide-for-republicans-if-they-dont-call-for-a-special-prosecutor-on-russia/?utm_term=.f3c6e86b715b&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

White House staff told to preserve Russia-related materials

https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-staff-told-preserve-russia-related-materials-221642944--politics.html

 

How trump is beating the Russia rap

http://observer.com/2017/03/donald-trump-republican-congress-russia-connection/

 

Trump’s team nixed ethics course for White House staff

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-ethics-white-house-235586

 

White House rebuffs ethics office recommendation to discipline Conway

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/01/white-house-rebuffs-ethics-office-recommendation-to-discipline-kellyanne-conway/?utm_term=.bea725abbeb0&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s words on Obamacare stir up intraparty feud

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-words-on-obamacare-stir-up-intraparty-feud/2017/03/01/6e1428ff-494b-4935-8b1e-6b7a3afca49b_story.html?utm_term=.d2480baea68f&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/affordable-care-act-health-care-trump.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-01/republicans-hide-latest-obamacare-draft-under-shroud-of-secrecy

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/obamacare-repeal-235594

 

Obamacare coverage freed her to start a business. Now she’s worried about repeal.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article135765758.html

 

How defunding Planned Parenthood could wipe out transgender healthcare

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/02/transgender-healthcare-planned-parenthood-funding?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215703&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

How Trump’s “merit-based” immigration system might work

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/immigration-trump.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

 

Democrats dismiss Trump's immigration reform talk

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-immigration-democrats-235588

 

Backed by law enforcement, undocumented immigrant gets reprieve

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/with-backing-of-law-enforcement-an-undocumented-immigrant-gets-a-reprieve.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Dreamer detained by ICE agents while in process of status renewal

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/01/dreamer-detained-ice-agents-daca-immigration-status?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215703&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump administration has found only $20 million in existing funds for wall

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-funds-idUSKBN1685SY

 

A raid in remote Yemen and a SEAL’s death still reverberate for Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-raid-in-remote-yemen-and-a-seals-death-still-reverberate-for-trump/2017/03/01/0adc7b32-fd08-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.d379ce7087a2

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/01/the-pundits-are-wrong-trumps-handling-of-the-ryan-owens-affair-was-contemptibly-cynical/?utm_campaign=bd5d9f2b68-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_02&utm_medium=email&utm_source=All%20Poynter%20Subscribers&utm_term=.9b79b10fd368

 

Officials: Still no actionable intel from Yemen SEAL raid

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/officials-still-no-actionable-intel-yemen-seal-raid-n727866

 

Coverage of Trump’s speech shows the media still grades him on a curve

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/01/coverage-of-trumps-speech-shows-the-media-still-grades-him-on-a-curve/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.9ae9ab3e6cc6

 

In speech, Trump tests a new tactic: toning it down

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/trump-speech-congress-conciliatory.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump moves to become master of his own messages

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/trump-news-media.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump, master of low expectations

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/opinion/donald-trump-master-of-low-expectations.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170301&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Has Trump become the “don’t blame me” president?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-has-become-the-dont-blame-me-president/2017/03/01/bbe706d2-fe01-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?postshare=8611488419271337&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.6e0fc2274e71

 

Trump’s obsession with applause

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/opinion/donald-trumps-obsession-with-applause.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170302&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s latest reality show

https://www.thenation.com/article/dont-be-fooled-by-trumps-latest-reality-show/

 

People for the American Way reviews Trump’s speech

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/03/01/people-for-the-american-way-reviews-trumps-speech/

 

Now, about that role as commander in chief ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/opinion/now-about-that-role-as-commander-in-chief.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170302&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Why Trump needs the “administrative state” that Bannon wants to destroy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/03/02/why-donald-trump-needs-the-administrative-state-that-steve-bannon-wants-to-destroy/?utm_term=.eadf327d0121&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

What booming markets are telling us about the global economy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/upshot/what-booming-markets-are-telling-us-about-the-global-economy.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Outsourcing the Constitution

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/opinion/outsourcing-the-constitution.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170302&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=9&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

FCC, in potential sign of the future, halts new data security rules

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/technology/fcc-data-security-rules.html?emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump’s claim that federal rule cost “hundreds of thousands” of jobs

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/03/02/trumps-claim-that-waters-of-the-united-states-rule-cost-hundreds-of-thousands-of-jobs/?utm_term=.b5f120a1ef09&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump proposes axing one in five EPA staffers, cutting programs for minorities

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-house-epa-budget_us_58b715f8e4b019d36d100897?gozooz2kz1whcwhfr&&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Morning%20Email%20030217&utm_content=The%20Morning%20Email%20030217+CID_fb8b69bed770537d897c2854fd2964a8&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=HuffPost&

 

Federal workers grow increasingly nervous about Trump’s proposed budget cuts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/federal-workers-grow-increasingly-nervous-about-trumps-proposed-budget-cuts/2017/03/01/39178724-fe90-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.4e48a87094a8&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

McMaster rolls back Flynn’s changes at NSC

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/mcmaster-national-security-council-staff-changes-235579

 

Senate will weigh in on McMaster’s appointment

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/senate-will-weigh-in-on-h-r-mcmasters-appointment.html?emc=edit_cn_20170302&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Among environmental groups, interior secretary gets mostly negative marks

http://www.cltampa.com/news-views/environment/article/20853630/among-environmental-groups-newly-confirmed-trump-interior-secretary-appointee-zinkee-is-kind-of-a-mixed-bag

 

The “day without a woman” is happening

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-day-without-a-woman-is-happening-heres-what-that-means_us_58b5e43ee4b0a8a9b786cf5b?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Morning%20Email%20030217&utm_content=The%20Morning%20Email%20030217+CID_fb8b69bed770537d897c2854fd2964a8&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=HuffPost&

 

How the Internet threatens democracy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/opinion/how-the-internet-threatens-democracy.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170302&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

 

 

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