Today's news -- October 12, 2017

 

 

 

Florida lawmakers set forth education funding priorities

Chairing her first meeting of the Florida Senate PreK-12 Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, asked her panel's member to list their priorities for the coming session, and then she offered some of her own. Passidomo, who noted she has not served on an education committee previously, said she planned to turn the subcommittee's attention to mental health issues -- something Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, said had been near the top of superintendents' agenda for several years. "A teacher can only do so much and can only teach in a classroom where students are active and engaged," and not struggling with health issues, she said. She said she has invited educators to the next committee meeting to hear their thoughts about how lawmakers can help. "How do we help our teachers teach our students and not have to be burdened with parenting them at the same time?" Passidomo said. She also set early education as key for the year. That issue also was key for Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, who said the Legislature must ensure adequate funding for prekindergarten and related programs. Young said she agreed with Sen. Darryl Rousson, D-St. Petersburg, on the need to continue the focus on "failing schools." Young set the subject in the context of HB 7069, the 2017 legislation that faces legal challenge from several school districts. Lawmakers should consider the impact of the bill, Young said, and determine how it is working and where it might need attention. Other issues that arose in the Senate subcommittee included hurricane preparedness, especially relating to school shelters; data security; special education resources; and increased per-student funding.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-lawmakers-set-forth-education-funding-priorities/2340671

 

Corcoran pushes yet another voucher expansion

Children bullied or abused in public schools could get state-backed vouchers to go to a private school starting next year. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, said he will push legislation to give vouchers to children abused at school, allowing them to get funding and attend a private school of their choice if their parents opt to remove them. Under the proposal, they could also choose to move to another public school. “Children who are subjected to violence and abuse at school deserve hope, dignity and a real opportunity to succeed,” Corcoran said. “No child should ever be afraid to go to school, and no child should have to continually suffer abuse. They deserve a way out.” But Orange School Board Chairman Bill Sublette decried the plan as “just one more attack on traditional public schools” and “insulting to our intelligence.” “What evidence do they have ... that allegations of bullying are not treated seriously?” Sublette asked. He added that there was no proof that private schools have fewer bullying incidents than their public counterparts. To allow a parent to seek a private-school scholarship based on a bullying accusation that wouldn’t need to be verified “boggles my mind,” Sublette added. The legislation hasn’t been drafted yet, but Corcoran said it would be filed within the next 30 days and sponsored by Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples. It would allow 15 days after an incident is reported for a school to respond; then parents would get to decide whether to accept the voucher to remove their child from the school. The proposal also drew criticism from the Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union and a frequent Corcoran nemesis. “From what we’ve seen this, doesn’t seem like it’s about protecting bullied kids; it’s about boosting the state’s voucher system,” said FEA spokesman Mark Pudlow. “If there’s a problem with bullying in public schools, then [lawmakers] should come up with solutions, and really to this point, their actions haven’t helped.” Lawmakers will consider the proposal when they meet for the legislative session that begins Jan. 9.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-corcoran-education-bill-20171011-story.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article178335851.html (FEA mentioned)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-house-leadership-announces-plan-for-new-student-scholarship/2340708


Districts seek alternate student head counts due to storm uncertainty

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/10/11/districts-seek-alternate-student-head-counts-due-to-hurricane-uncertainty-114998

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246682-hurricanes-leave-uncertainty-school-enrollment

 

State Department of Education names schools to get relief from some state rules

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-department-of-education-names-schools-to-get-relief-from-some/2340809

 

Keys schools get big lift with relief fund

http://www.flkeysnews.com/news/local/article178221061.html

 

Clay School Board pushes back on new tech initiatives (Renna Lee Paiva quoted)
http://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/board-pushes-back-on-new-tech-initiatives,9037?

 

A vision for public schools where the teaching profession makes decisions

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/10/12/turn-a-new-vision-for-public-schools-where-the-teaching-profession-makes-decisions/

 

Why North Carolina charter schools are richer and whiter

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article178022436.html

 

Whatever happened to the public audit of K-12 Inc. in California?

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/10/11/whatever-happened-to-the-public-audit-of-k-12-inc-in-california/

 

Some New York charter schools can certify their own teachers

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/nyregion/suny-charter-schools-teacher-training.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171011&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

UF security costs top $500,000 for Spencer's talk on white “separation”

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/uf-security-costs-top-500000-for-richard-spencers-talk-on-white-separation/2340689?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

“Do we have to fight Nazis again?” professor says of Spencer at UF (Paul Ortiz quoted)
https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/10/11/do-we-have-to-fight-nazis-again-professor-says-of-spencer-at-uf/

 

Rubio: Don't show up at UF speech by white nationalist http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-marco-rubio-uf-white-nationalist-20171011-story.html

 

Senate may tap reserves to plug $1.6 billion budget hole

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/11/florida-senate-may-tap-reserves-plug-1-6-billion-budget-hole/754143001/

 

State's private-sector job count falls by 20 percent in September over year

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-adp-september-jobs-20171011-story.html

 

Senators sound skeptical of new state jobs fund

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246615-new-state-jobs-fund

 

Voting restoration amendment clears 200,000 signatures

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246694-voting-restoration-amendment-clears-200000-signatures

 

Clear path for ex-felons to regain right to vote

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-ex-felons-constitution-revision-commission-20171010-story.html

 

Frustrations boil over in D.C. as Scott meets with congressional delegation

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/10/11/frustrations-boil-over-in-dc-as-gov-rick-scott-meets-with-florida-representatives/

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article178278816.html

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-irma-debris-rick-scott-wassserman-schultz-20171011-story.html

 

While tourists return to the Keys, more than 600 buildings lie in ruins

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article178222171.html

 

Lawmaker questions cause of state nursing home deaths after Hurricane Irma

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20171011/lawmaker-questions-cause-of-florida-nursing-home-deaths-after-hurricane-irma

 

Rubio calls for congressional investigation of nursing home

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/10/12/rubio-calls-for-congressional-investigation-of-deadly-nursing-home-115001

 

State launches investigation into assisted living firm over hurricane surcharge

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/money/2017/10/11/state-ombudsman-program-launches-investigation-into-harborchase-over-storm-surcharge/754445001/

 

Thousands show up at “Food for Florida” storm-benefit site in Jacksonville

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-10-11/thousands-show-food-florida-storm-benefit-site-jacksonville

https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/disaster-food-stamp-centers-open-wednesday-in-jacksonville-st-johns-county

 

State officials issue dire warning: Rescue citrus industry or find your OJ elsewhere

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/11/florida-officials-issue-dire-warning-rescue-citrus-industry-find-your-orange-juice-elsewhere/754792001/

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/agriculture/florida-orange-crops-expected-to-be-lowest-in-75-years/2340775

http://www.theledger.com/news/20171011/citrus-crop-could-be-worst-in-75-years

 

After weeks of flooding, Withlacoochee River returns to its banks

http://www.tampabay.com/news/weather/after-weeks-of-flooding-withlacoochee-river-returns-to-its-banks/2340740

 

Republicans see hurricane as an opportunity to review energy regulations

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246677-republicans-see-irma-opportunity-review-energy-regulations

 

Utilities, lawmakers still cozy after Irma

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-utilities-lawmakers-still-cozy-after-irma/2340743

 

Trump threatens to pull federal assistance out of Puerto Rico

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/12/trump-warns-puerto-rico-we-cannot-keep-fema-the-military-the-first-responders-forever/?utm_term=.2c7320318587

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/us/politics/trump-warns-puerto-rico-weeks-after-storms-federal-help-cannot-stay-forever.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171012&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://thinkprogress.org/puerto-rico-trump-threats-fc50858b0a8d/

 

Much of Puerto Rico still dark, thirsty and frustrated

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/three-weeks-since-hurricane-maria-much-of-puerto-rico-still-dark-dry-frustrated/2017/10/11/3a263b22-ade7-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.1a3f3e62b72c

 

In Puerto Rico, lives depend on volunteer doctors and diesel generators

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/in-puerto-rico-lives-depend-on-volunteer-doctors-and-diesel-generators_us_59dbd731e4b00377980b0986?ir=Latino+Voices&section=us_latino-voices&utm_hp_ref=latino-voices&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000052&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000052&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000052

 

Starving Puerto Rican towns sharing food, eating plants, and waiting for FEMA

https://www.thedailybeast.com/starving-puerto-rican-towns-sharing-food-eating-plants-and-waiting-for-fema?via=twitter_page

 

Puerto Rico investigates post-hurricane disease outbreak

https://www.statnews.com/2017/10/11/puerto-rico-disease-outbreak/?utm_source=STAT+Newsletters&utm_campaign=a2ebd08ea8-MR&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8cab1d7961-a2ebd08ea8-149586001

 

Another victim of Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s treasured rainforest

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/another-victim-of-hurricane-maria-puerto-ricos-treasured-rainforest.html?emc=edit_th_20171012&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Hurricane made Puerto Rico’s giant debt even trickier for hedge funds

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-12/maria-made-puerto-rico-s-giant-debt-even-trickier-for-hedge-funds

 

Cruz heads to Puerto Rico on aid trip

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246603-janet-cruz-puerto-rico

 

Arrival of Puerto Ricans post-hurricane could have big impact on Florida

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/12/florida-puerto-rican-influx-hurricane-maria?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=247684&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Has America forgotten the Virgin Islands?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/opinion/america-forgotten-virgin-islands.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171012&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=13&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Ten hurricanes in ten weeks: A 124-year-old record is matched

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/climate/hurricane-ophelia.html?emc=edit_th_20171012&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Lawmaker calls for juvenile justice review in wake of newspaper series

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article178382861.html

 

Slavery memorial wins support as Confederacy debate rages

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/slavery-memorial-wins-support-as-confederacy-debate-rages/2340737?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Officials: State has the most fraud complaints in the nation

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20171011/officials-florida-has-most-fraud-complaints-in-nation

 

Georgia governor jokes about Florida’s “hard time” in water battle

http://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/deal-jokes-about-florida-hard-time-water-battle-against-georgia/NybMEvYDkxe3leLvZqy0lN/

 

Democratic senators tell Sessions they want answers on Trump talks

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/11/sessions-senate-democrats-trump-243686

 

Lawmakers say they plan to release Facebook ads linked to Russia

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/technology/lawmakers-say-they-plan-to-release-facebook-ads-linked-to-russia.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171011&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-intelligence-committee-to-release-russian-backed-facebook-ads/2017/10/11/94d2e70c-aec1-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.89edac80e41a

 

Russia’s Facebook ads show how Internet microtargeting can be weaponized

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/10/12/russias-facebook-ads-show-how-internet-microtargeting-can-be-weaponized/?utm_term=.fde7d20022cd

 

The GOP had one big divide on health care. It has three on taxes.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-gop-had-one-big-divide-on-health-care-it-has-three-on-taxes/?ex_cid=538twitter

 

Trump promises big tax cuts, but GOP-led Congress thinks about scaling back

http://beta.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-congress-tax-cuts-20171011-story.html

 

IMF cautions against tax cuts for wealthy as Republicans consider them

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/imf-tax-cuts.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171011&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Is this the tax plan blue-collar Trump supporters voted for?

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/is-this-the-tax-plan-blue-collar-trump-supporters-voted-for_us_59de2e4de4b0b26332e86f6f?xir

 

The GOP plan to simplify taxes could put charitable giving at risk

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/10/11/the-gop-plan-to-simplify-taxes-could-put-charitable-giving-at-risk/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.9ae367f1287e

 

In Pennsylvania, Trump hunts for Democratic support for tax plan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/trump-democrats-tax-plan.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171011&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-takes-tax-plan-to-the-public-as-gop-senators-struggle-to-find-agreement/2017/10/11/d03c8608-aea4-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.bb679334085f

 

Activists in Tampa denounce Trump’s tax plan as “giveaway to wealthy”

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246636-activists-tampa-denounce-trumps-tax-plan-giveaway-wealthy

 

Foiled in Congress, Trump moves on his own to undermine Obamacare

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/trump-obamacare-executive-order.html?emc=edit_th_20171012&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump to sign order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-to-sign-executive-order-to-gut-aca-insurance-rules-and-undermine-marketplaces/2017/10/11/40abf774-ae97-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.7e14a5a091e5

 

Florida Democrats remind people to sign up for Obamacare

http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Florida-lawmakers-reminding-people-to-sign-up-for-Obamacare-450519373.html

 

Trump’s Health Department declares that life begins at conception

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-health-department-is-adopting-a-lot-of-anti-choice-rhetoric-790ea32651bb/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=59de38fb04d30137e11dd0e5&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-viewpoint-trump-administration-birth-control-20171011-story.html

 

On contraception, it’s church over state

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/opinion/contraception-religious-exemption.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171012&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=10&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

ICE’s captive immigrant labor force

https://www.thenation.com/article/ices-captive-immigrant-labor-force/

 

McConnell signals he will end the practice of allowing senators to block judges

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/mcconnell-signals-he-will-end-the-practice-of-allowing-senators-to-block-judges/2017/10/11/6a7f80f8-ae9b-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.70a15a628ef6

https://thinkprogress.org/it-looks-like-its-about-to-become-much-easier-to-confirm-trumps-most-ideological-judges-e26fce0d8583/

 

Trump: Minorities “want” and “need” more police protection than others

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/11/trump-says-minorities-want-and-need-more-police-protection-than-other-americans/?utm_term=.24e2cca5803e

 

Don’t write off young people. They care deeply about a better society.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/11/young-people-better-society-polish-teens-homeless-cctv?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=247684&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Here’s where your tax dollars for Defense are really going

https://www.thenation.com/article/heres-where-your-tax-dollars-for-defense-are-really-going/

 

White House aide is selected to run Homeland Security department

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-homeland-security-secretary.html?emc=edit_th_20171012&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-expected-to-tap-kirstjen-nielsen-to-lead-department-of-homeland-security/2017/10/11/21770f8e-aeaf-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.86e64db79496

 

Trump’s tough talk on NAFTA raising fears of pact’s demise (AFL-CIO mentioned)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/business/economy/nafta-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171011&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump may be kicking off a new age of nuclear weapons

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/10/12/trump-may-be-kicking-off-a-new-age-of-nuclear-weapons/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.39d9a5f4e6aa

 

Trump’s war games

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/opinion/columnists/trump-war-games.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171012&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Growing chorus confronts Trump against leaving nuclear deal

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/world/middleeast/trump-iran-nuclear-deal.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171011&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump’s anger over Iran deal forced aides to scramble for a compromise

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/he-threw-a-fit-trumps-anger-over-iran-deal-forced-aides-to-scramble-for-a-compromise/2017/10/11/6218174c-ae94-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.189ac4e2a133

 

On the eve of Trump delivering decision on Iran deal, Congress strategizes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/on-the-eve-of-trump-delivering-decision-on-iran-deal-congress-strategizes/2017/10/11/d4e96243-96ee-4888-bd3e-0808744a01b1_story.html?utm_term=.c794b163cee0

 

Trump seethes as advisers fear the president is “unraveling”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/donald-trump-is-unraveling-white-house-advisers

 

Corker is likely to get the last laugh

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/10/11/liddle-bob-corker-is-likely-to-get-the-last-laugh/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.c2bcd369ae64

 

Rubio downplays Trump attack on Corker

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2017/10/10/marco-rubio-jeff-flake-downplay-president-donald-trumps-fight-bob-corker/748427001/

 

Trump is a real-world political science experiment

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/11/16288690/trump-political-science-psychology-follow-the-leader

 

Trump’s Cabinet can’t seem to stop taking private planes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-cabinet-cant-seem-to-stop-taking-private-planes/2017/10/11/358f83fe-a87c-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.05be7f3e78c5

 

Judge surprised at Feds' slim disclosure on Mar-a-Lago visitors

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/10/11/trump-mar-a-lago-visitors-243691

 

Trump threatens NBC over nuclear weapons report

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/trump-nbc-fcc-broadcast-license.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171011&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-escalates-threats-against-press-calls-news-coverage-frankly-disgusting/2017/10/11/32996dba-ae9c-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.3a529f5c64aa

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/11/donald-trump-tweet-nbc-news-challenge-license?CMP=edit_2221

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-threat-free-press-suppress-coverage-eb7eee7466f3/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=59de6a3204d30110a9360f39&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/10/trump-floats-the-idea-of-revoking-nbcs-broadcastin.html

 

Trump’s threat to NBC’s license is the very definition of Nixonian

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/11/trumps-threat-to-nbc-license-is-exactly-what-nixon-did/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.b226be91e14f

 

Trump does not value or understand how a free press works

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/11/trump-does-not-value-or-understand-how-a-free-press-works/?utm_term=.6285f2344393

 

Republican senator asks if Trump is recanting his oath of office

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ben-sasse-trump-oath-of-office_us_59dee081e4b0eb18af062f71?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__101217&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__101217+CID_93dd993d0b3380bff0ca34c4d1c841c8&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=is%20asking%20if%20Trump%20is%20recanting&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__101217

 

Trump may be too incompetent to destroy the First Amendment

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/10/11/president-trump-may-be-too-incompetent-to-destroy-the-first-amendment/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.fab8b3373091

 

Check out the propaganda Sinclair is bringing to local stations across the country

https://thinkprogress.org/sinclair-trump-propaganda-caa27f5146db/

 

 

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