Today's news -- November 17, 2017

 

 

 

HB1 not the cure for school bullies or bullied *

As a public-school principal for 32 years, and now as an elected school board member, I consider protecting our students from violence and bullying our sacred duty. No child should ever feel afraid to attend our schools. I’m sad to say we live in a culture where many children are exposed to violence or can be harassed any time of day on social media. Without adequate supports in place, the resulting trauma can spill over into our classrooms. Our kids and public schools need the Legislature’s help more than ever. We desperately need early intervention programs, more mental health counselors, and proven safe school programs to protect all children. These measures would help us prevent bullying in the first place. We are told over and over there is no money for such things. Meanwhile, House Bill 1 aims to divert up to 40 million dollars for private school vouchers to parents seeking a way out of a public school because their child has been bullied or has been in fights. However, in this bill, parents can use this reason even if their child started the fight or the problem has been completely resolved at the school. I support zero tolerance for student bullying. Florida Statute 1006.147 requires every public school to investigate, report and protect any student who is victimized by bullying. Parents and superintendents already have many options to transfer students to another classroom or public school as needed. HB1 is not the answer; it opens Pandora’s Box for those who want a voucher to attend a private school yet does nothing to prevent the remaining students at the public school from being bullied. Neither does it provide any resources to help us address the problems of the troubled child who is doing the bullying or starting fights. Let’s be honest. This bill seeks to establish a new public avenue to fund private and religious schools at taxpayer expense. Furthermore, calling this a “Hope Scholarship Program” so folks can donate $20 instead of paying that tax when registering a car, seems like a ploy to disguise what this really is. Unknowingly, people will be diverting tax dollars to a private school voucher program instead of paying taxes that could otherwise support needy children in public schools. During the 2016-17 school year, Florida corporations were allowed to divert $539 million to the Florida Tax Scholarship program to 1,733 participating Florida private and religious schools. No standards or accountability required. I can’t understand why the Legislature keeps channeling our tax dollars away from our public schools when our need is so great and their duty is so paramount. In a time when public schools are in such need, diverting more tax dollars to private schools that are not accountable to them makes no sense to me. Aren’t public schools their primary responsibility? If the House passes this bill, the message to public schools will be loud and clear: “You don’t respect us to look out for the very students we are pledged to protect and educate.” Our public schools need financial support and real solutions, not a new $40 million car registration gimmick disguised as hope.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2017/11/16/opinion-hb-1-not-cure-school-bullies-bullied/869920001/

 

Palm Beach superintendent tussles with CTA chief (Justin Katz quoted)
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local-education/tempers-flare-avossa-calls-teachers-union-head-hostile-and-inexperienced/0Yr41CJyo8IE7Wi9F9NdkI/

 

Pasco teachers make counter-offer on raises (Val Smith quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/11/16/pasco-teachers-make-counter-offer-on-raises/

 

State pulls vouchers from private school after owner's arrest for sexual battery http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-grace-excellence-vouchers-revoked-20171116-story.html

 

After Maria, state schools get influx of Puerto Rican students

http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/after-maria-florida-schools-get-influx-puerto-rican-students

 

Require coding in schools? How about pushing technical skills?

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/Joe-Henderson-Require-coding-in-schools-How-about-pushing-technical-skills_162719071

 

American Education Week focuses on public schools for all (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)
http://www.nea.org/home/72257.htm

 

NEA salutes unsung heroes on National Education Support Professionals Day (Lily Eskelsen García quoted, Princess Moss and Saul Ramos mentioned)

http://www.nea.org/home/72266.htm

 

Report shows the AFT’s bet on educator-led collaborations reaps powerful results (Randi Weingarten quoted)
https://www.aft.org/press-release/report-shows-afts-big-bet-educator-led-collaborations-and-solutions-through

 

Trump nominee for No. 2 spot at Ed Department stumbles at confirmation hearing

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/11/15/trump-nominee-for-no-2-spot-at-education-department-stumbles-on-key-questions-at-confirmation-hearing/?utm_term=.4794e9a699c0

 

Test scores to play smaller role in Virginia school accreditation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/test-scores-to-play-smaller-role-in-virginia-school-accreditation/2017/11/16/cb3963c6-cb08-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.08820ca74d52

 

After a political rout, New York’s wealthiest charter group searches for an identity

https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2017/11/15/after-a-political-rout-in-massachusetts-new-yorks-wealthiest-charter-group-searches-for-an-identity-115679

 

Labor coalition seeks support from UF faculty (Paul Ortiz quoted)
http://www.alligator.org/news/article_69675232-cb37-11e7-a63d-73c0811226f2.html

 

House tax bill would increase the cost of college by $71 billion in a decade

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/11/16/government-analysis-shows-house-tax-bill-would-increase-the-cost-of-college-by-71-billion-over-a-decade/?utm_term=.916ce7b5d0a6

 

The House just voted to bankrupt graduate students

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/house-tax-bill-graduate-students.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171116&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

The destructive part of the Republican tax bill you’re not paying attention to

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-destructive-part-of-the-republican-tax-bill-youre-not-paying-attention-to/2017/11/16/b24cbe7e-c96b-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.20f4dbc74b48

 

What we now know about who struggles with student debt

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/11/16/what-we-now-know-about-who-struggles-with-student-debt/?utm_term=.122608cb001d

 

UNF prepares for possible rally supporting suspended white supremacist

https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/jacksonville/unf-preparing-for-kkk-rally-in-support-of-suspended-student

 

Latvala probe may take a month as Senate hires its own attorney

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/11/16/senate-hires-attorney-for-latvala-probe-expected-to-take-up-to-a-month-115810

 

Why aren’t women going public with sexual harassment claims in Tallahassee?

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article185025778.html

 

Florida personal income grows, but national gap widens

http://www.tbo.com/news/business/personalfinance/florida-personal-income-grows-but-national-gap-widens/2344345

 

Agricultural losses from Irma continue to mount

http://www.theledger.com/news/20171116/agricultural-losses-from-irma-continue-to-mount

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/business/florida-agriculture-still-reeling-from-irma-damage-relief-sought/iggFqFyNXUi3bP7dW82AnI/

 

Flood insurance rates still going up? Um, thanks?

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/Romano-Flood-insurance-rates-still-going-up-Um-thanks-_162687170?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Thousands of military veterans barred from voting

https://www.aclufl.org/en/news/thousands-military-veterans-barred-voting

 

Missing records confound veterans on base exchange website

http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/macdill/Howard-Altman-Missing-records-confound-veterans-on-base-exchange-website_162671084

 

Walking while black in Jacksonville

https://features.propublica.org/walking-while-black/jacksonville-pedestrian-violations-racial-profiling/?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1510837094

 

More secure state driver’s licenses raise eyebrows in state

http://www.govtech.com/health/More-Secure-State-Drivers-Licenses-Raise-Eyebrows-in-Florida.html

 

How the labor movement can win under national “right to work”

https://www.thenation.com/article/how-the-labor-movement-can-win-under-national-right-to-work/

 

House Republicans pass bill that would raise taxes on middle class families

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/house-tax-overhaul-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://thinkprogress.org/house-republicans-pass-bill-that-would-raise-taxes-on-middle-class-families-0e4d074216e3/

https://www.aft.org/press-release/aft-house-tax-vote (Randi Weingarten quoted)
http://www.nea.org/home/72301.htm (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)

How every member voted on the House tax bill

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/16/us/politics/house-vote-republican-tax-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Miami Republicans vote in favor of Trump-supported tax overhaul

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article185029873.html

 

Senate plan would raise taxes on the poor, a report says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/senate-republican-tax-plan-poor.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Analysis undercuts White House argument that tax bill helps middle class

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/11/16/new-analysis-undercuts-the-white-house-argument-that-tax-reform-benefits-the-middle-class/?utm_term=.e5499fc0bf23

 

Senate bill cuts taxes of wealthy and hikes taxes on families earning under $75,000

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/16/senate-tax-bill-cuts-taxes-of-wealthy-and-hikes-taxes-of-families-earning-under-75000-over-a-decade/?utm_term=.46249feda66e

 

Funding for 370,000 education jobs at risk if Senate eliminates tax deduction (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)
http://www.nea.org/home/72266.htm

 

Bill signals top tax priority of GOP is to help corporations

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/republican-tax-plans-corporations.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

GOP is trading 13 million people’s health care for corporate tax cuts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gop-is-trading-13-million-peoples-health-care-for-corporate-tax-cuts/2017/11/15/bfe59248-ca49-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.57d49daf9d5e

 

Who’d gain from an estate tax rollback: the 0.2 percenters

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/business/economy/estate-tax.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

House and Senate still have very different tax bills. Here’s how they compare.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/the-house-and-senate-still-have-very-different-tax-bills.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

And the biggest loser in the GOP’s tax plan is ... humans

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/and-the-biggest-loser-in-the-gops-tax-plan-is-humans/2017/11/16/9c238ac2-cb11-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.43376a95c86c

 

A tax-cut bill to make Scrooge McDuck proud

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/republican-tax-bills-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171116&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Everybody hates the Trump tax plan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/trump-tax-plan-hate.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171117&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

First, the GOP wants tax cuts. Next, they’ll gut Medicare, Social Security.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/11/16/first-republicans-want-tax-cuts-next-theyll-try-gutting-medicare-and-social-security/?utm_term=.9495ca8c9d3d

 

Sneaking in Obamacare sabotage

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-obamacare-repeal-by-sabotage-20171116-story.html

 

Middle class families confront soaring health insurance costs

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/obamacare-premiums-middle-class.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Report: Mueller issued subpoena to Trump campaign for Russia documents

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mueller-subpoena-trump-campaign-russia_us_5a0e2f4de4b0dd63b1a9784c?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__111717&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__111717+CID_703bbaf600aaddf56a94bb1a81ef24ff&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=subpoenaed%20the%20Trump%20campaign&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__111717

 

Kushner failed to disclose emails about WikiLeaks, Russia

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/senate-judiciary-kushner-russia.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/16/jared-kushner-russia-wikileaks-emails-trump-team?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=252816&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/jared-kushner-wikileaks-emails-245197

 

Kushner still waiting on permanent security clearance

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/jared-kushner-security-clearance-246531

 

Papadopoulos claimed Trump phone call and larger campaign role

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/17/george-papadopoulos-trump-greece-russia-245668

 

Russian won't name all Trump officials he's met with because “the list is so long”

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/16/kislyak-wont-name-trump-officials-hes-met-because-list-is-so-long.html

 

The Russia investigation’s spectacular accumulation of lies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-russia-investigations-spectacular-accumulation-of-lies/2017/11/16/741024bc-cb0e-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.cf32ba4446fa

 

Black men sentenced to more time for committing the same crime as white

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/16/black-men-sentenced-to-more-time-for-committing-the-exact-same-crime-as-a-white-person-study-finds/?utm_term=.6398373bee9e

 

Sessions’ Justice Department: From Holder and Lynch to no black senior staff https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/16/jeff-sessionss-justice-department-from-eric-holder-and-loretta-lynch-to-zero-black-senior-staff-members/?utm_term=.91f5f111a6d8

 

Can Trump pressure the Justice Department to investigate Clinton?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/11/17/can-president-trump-pressure-the-justice-department-to-investigate-hillary-clinton/?utm_term=.c89e5767ed8f

 

The FBI’s explanation for why it released less crime data doesn’t add up

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-fbis-explanation-for-why-it-released-less-crime-data-doesnt-add-up/

 

Grassley schedules contentious judicial nominees for hearing

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/grassley-schedules-contentious-judicial-nominees-for-hearing/2017/11/16/2e6071fc-cb1c-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.f90a8a778c3f

 

Senate rapidly confirming Trump judges who want to limit marriage equality

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/courts/news/2017/11/16/442851/senate-rapidly-confirming-trump-judges-want-limit-marriage-equality/

 

Deal to bolster gun background checks is reached by senators

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/gun-background-checks-sutherland-springs.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Watchdog says Interior Secretary Zinke failed to properly document travel

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/watchdog-says-interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-failed-to-properly-document-travel/2017/11/16/3277bac6-ca3f-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html?utm_term=.4ec32959c79f

 

U.S. senator slams DEA for barring its chief judge from appearing on Capitol Hill

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/us-senator-slams-dea-for-barring-its-chief-judge-from-appearing-on-capitol-hill/2017/11/16/f9fc4900-ca57-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.cdd2ab4cf7e2

 

Trump’s Homeland Security pick is caught up in a conflict of interest complaint

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trumps-homeland-security-pick-is-now-caught-up-in-a-conflict-of-interest-complaint/2017/11/15/8e029866-ca26-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.32d151aad6dc

 

Homeland Security official resigns over remarks on African-Americans and Muslims

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/homeland-security-resignation-remarks.html?emc=edit_cn_20171117&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/11/16/republican-appointee-resigns-from-the-dhs-after-past-comments-about-blacks-muslims-come-to-light/?utm_term=.3013fc0a2d09

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/16/politics/kfile-jamie-johnson-resigns/index.html

 

Foreign Service leadership being “decapitated” and “depleted at a dizzying speed”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/11/17/foreign-service-leadership-being-decapitated-and-depleted-at-a-dizzying-speed/?utm_term=.4e77ba7d69ea

 

A mission for journalism in a time of crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/16/a-mission-for-journalism-in-a-time-of-crisis?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=252816&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

FCC relaxes media ownership rules in contentious vote

http://variety.com/2017/politics/news/fcc-media-ownership-rules-sinclair-broadcasting-1202616424/

 

Just 12 percent of Americans eat enough fruit and vegetables, CDC study finds

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/17/just-12-of-americans-eat-enough-fruit-and-vegetables-cdc-study-finds?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=252816&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

 

 

 

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