Today's news -- October 3, 2017

 

 

 

Lawmakers want flexibility for schools taking in displaced 

As Florida communities prepare to take in Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria, five lawmakers are asking the state's top education official to grant flexibility to public schools so they can accommodate additional students in the coming months. In a letter Monday to state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, the lawmakers formally asked the state to ensure schools receive additional funding that will be crucial to cover the uptick in student enrollment that wasn't anticipated when the Legislature approved this year's school spending in June. They also want Stewart to give schools a break when it comes to certain required enrollment paperwork and constitutionally mandated caps on class sizes. "Not only must Florida be prepared for the influx of students but we must allow schools to continue to implement their plan for a successful year," the letter stated. "We believe these requests will help make the transitions of students from Puerto Rico manageable for our school districts and help ease displaced students back to their education." The letter was signed by five Republican House members: Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. of Hialeah, Bob Cortes of Altamonte Springs, David Santiago of Deltona, Rene Plasencia of Orlando and Mike La Rosa of St. Cloud. Diaz is the House's Pre-K-12 education budget chairman. The four other lawmakers are either of Puerto Rican descent or represent districts that have high Puerto Rican populations.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/state-lawmakers-want-flexibility-for-florida-schools-to-take-in-displaced/2339601

 

Florida schools begin enrolling Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees

http://wlrn.org/post/florida-schools-begin-enrolling-puerto-rican-hurricane-evacuees

Report shows impact of homelessness on state students *

A new study Monday shows more than 72,000 Florida school children were considered homeless in the 2015-2016 school year. The study attributes the increase to the recession and more teacher training to identify students who are homeless. Shelley Lauten, CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, said this report includes students temporarily doubled up with others and who are staying in hotels and motels. “The children who are experiencing homelessness are almost, in some cases, three times more likely to be disciplined or missing school,” said Lauten. It also found academic learning gains were significantly lower for students who are homeless or precariously housed.

http://www.wmfe.org/report-shows-impact-of-homelessness-on-florida-students/78590

 

State prepares to distribute recognition funds to state schools

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/state-prepares-to-distribute-recognition-funds-to-florida-schools/2339552

 

No application in Alachua from charter school giant

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171002/no-application-from-charter-school-giant

 

Some Manatee students want the right to kneel during national anthem

http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article176582931.html

 

Pasco district gets earful on Pledge of Allegiance stance

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-school-district-gets-earful-on-pledge-of-allegiance-stance/2339565

 

Indian River schools still awaiting reimbursements from past hurricanes

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/education/indian-river-county-schools/2017/09/29/past-due-indian-river-county-schools-still-awaiting-reimbursements-past-hurricanes/700995001/

 

In hurricanes' aftermath, technology eases return to school

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/hurricanes-aftermath-technology-eases-return-school-50244744

 

DeVos’ vision goes way beyond privatizing public education
https://www.alternet.org/devos-vision-beyond-privatizing-education

DeVos' security detail could cost up to $6.54 million over the next year

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/02/devos-education-security-243379

 

School funding still inadequate and unfair, Kansas Supreme Court rules

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/education/article176605486.html

 

How the NCAA cheats student athletes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/opinion/how-the-ncaa-cheats-student-athletes.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171003&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=9&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Report: Review shows state's utility watchdog has become a lapdog

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/report-review-shows-floridas-utility-watchdog-has-become-a-lapdog/2339590

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business/watchdog-florida-utility-regulators-vulnerable-influence/OGf7I8mc71ZyYAuplkOPDN/

 

More than 8,000 stand in line for emergency food assistance from Hurricane Irma

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/lake/os-food-for-florida-hurricane-irma-long-lines-20171002-story.html?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Contentutm_content=59d2cc0404d30119aa12b514utm_medium=trueAnthemutm_source=twitter

 

State receives more federal funding to clean up after hurricane

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/florida/2017/10/02/florida-receives-more-federal-funding-clean-up-after-irma/724910001/

 

Bondi investigating debris-removal companies after hurricane

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/hurricane-irma-recovery/os-pam-bondi-issues-subpeonas-debris-removal20171002-story.html

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-florida-to-receive-more-fema-aid-20171002-story.html

 

Hurricane-related insurance claims mount in state

http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2017-10-02/irma-related-insurance-claims-mount-florida?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

Next package of hurricane relief aid expected to top $10 billion

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/next-wave-of-hurricane-relief-aid-expected-to-top-10-billion/2017/10/02/35f25848-a792-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html?utm_term=.e0ba1d1b6c24

 

Bracing for Puerto Rican evacuees, Scott declares state of emergency in state

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/10/02/bracing-for-puerto-rican-evacuees-scott-declares-state-of-emergency-in-florida-114815

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/expected-influx-from-puerto-rico-leads-florida-state-emergency/EuY5PtqslkTD16oHkIJCpJ/

http://jacksonville.com/metro/news/2017-10-02/scott-declares-emergency-light-puerto-rico-hurricane-disaster?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

Florida is opening disaster centers to offer aid to displaced Puerto Ricans

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article176539701.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article176690346.html

 

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, “everything collapsed simultaneously”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/when-hurricane-maria-hit-puerto-rico-everything-collapsed-simultaneously/2017/10/02/a945dfa4-a79c-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.066743c03d81

 

Trump may come face-to-face with Cruz after days of attacking the mayor

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-may-come-face-to-face-with-cruz-in-puerto-rico-after-days-of-attacking-the-mayor/2017/10/02/ddddab5e-a790-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html?utm_term=.58cd32581ebc

 

Florida Democrats return from aid trip to Puerto Rico “in tears”

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article176687081.html

 

Florida Republicans create distance with Trump on Puerto Rico

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article176654276.html

 

Rubio: Trump’s “conventional” hurricane response didn’t work in Puerto Rico

http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/10/02/rubio-trumps-conventional-hurricane-response-didnt-work-in-diminished-puerto-rico/

 

King tides could begin soaking South Florida today

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/fl-reg-king-tides-south-florida-20171002-story.html

 

Constitution Revision Commission presents first amendments proposed by public

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/florida-politics-blog/fl-reg-constitution-amendments-proposed-20171002-story.html

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/245909-constitutional-public-proposals

 

State has 40 of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/new-florida-has-the-fastest-growing-cities-the/kkuinGFpLITpTso8ql4hHJ/

 

Supreme Court to hear case on Wisconsin voting maps warped by politics

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/us/politics/gerrymandering-supreme-court-wisconsin.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171003&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Holder: Redistricting has broken our democracy. Supreme Court should help fix it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/10/03/eric-holder-redistricting-has-broken-our-democracy-the-supreme-court-should-help-fix-it/?utm_term=.b5ca0403cd5f

 

Holder-led group challenges Georgia redistricting, claiming racial bias

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/us/eric-holder-georgia-redistricting-racial-bias.html?emc=edit_th_20171003&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Court begins term with case on whether workers can be forced into arbitration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-begins-new-term-with-case-on-workers-right-to-individual-arbitration/2017/10/02/3a4db3da-a79f-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html?utm_term=.30414b021f1d

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/us/politics/supreme-court-workplace-arbitration.html?emc=edit_cn_20171003&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/02/supreme-court-worker-rights-arguments-243360

https://news.vice.com/story/trump-administration-asks-supreme-court-to-slash-workers-rights

 

Nissan accused of snooping in labor’s latest fight for the South

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-03/nissan-accused-of-snooping-in-labor-s-latest-fight-for-the-south

 

Trump’s company had more contact with Russia during campaign

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-company-had-more-contact-with-russia-during-campaign-according-to-documents-turned-over-to-investigators/2017/10/02/2091fe5e-a6c0-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.8594456766cc

 

Hundreds of White House emails sent to third Kushner family account

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/02/jared-kushner-email-account-white-house-243389

 

Mueller tasks an adviser with getting ahead of pre-emptive pardons

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-03/mueller-tasks-adviser-with-getting-ahead-of-pre-emptive-pardons

 

How to stop Russian robots from attacking the next election

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-to-stop-russian-robots-from-attacking-the-next-election/2017/10/02/f8197782-a78b-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html?utm_term=.b79c247bff32

 

Russians took a page from corporations by using Facebook tool to influence voters

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/russians-took-a-page-from-corporate-america-by-using-facebook-tool-to-id-and-influence-voters/2017/10/02/681e40d8-a7c5-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.59927037a672

 

Facebook’s Russia-linked ads came in many disguises

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/technology/facebook-russia-ads-.html?emc=edit_cn_20171003&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Facebook says up to 10 million people saw ads bought by Russian agency

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/02/facebook-says-up-to-10m-people-saw-ads-bought-by-russian-agency

 

Republicans won’t rule out tax hikes for some in the middle class

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/us/politics/republican-tax-rewrite-middle-class.html?emc=edit_cn_20171003&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Some congressional Republicans question tax plan over deficit costs

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/some-congressional-republicans-question-tax-plan-over-deficit-costs/2017/10/02/03fe2d70-a7bb-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html?utm_term=.2bf1d6ba62a9

 

The report Trump officials don’t want you to see

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-report-trump-officials-dont-want-you-to-see/2017/10/02/f6c77a6c-a7ab-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.402c3a085a28

 

After a year of work, Republicans have decided nothing on corporate tax reform

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/3/16400412/corporate-tax-reform-details

 

Trump could help refugees. Instead, he shrugs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-could-help-refugees-instead-he-shrugs/2017/10/02/e1b4f26e-a551-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.f6b7b1e0d04d

 

Trump administration weighing executive order on welfare

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/02/trump-white-house-welfare-low-income-executive-order-243376

 

Fewer and fewer young people are getting incarcerated

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/10/03/good-news-fewer-and-fewer-young-people-are-getting-incarcerated/?utm_term=.d734e5d1c3b4

 

Equifax says 2.5 million more Americans may be affected by hack

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/equifax-says-25-million-more-americans-may-be-affected-by-hack/2339604?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Federal watchdog opens probe into travel by Zinke

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-watchdog-opens-probe-into-travel-by-interior-secretary-ryan-zinke/2017/10/02/3f24fbf8-a7ad-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html?utm_term=.fda2e3220919

 

EPA chief’s calendar: A stream of industry meetings and trips home

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/us/politics/epa-scott-pruitt-calendar-industries-coal-oil-environmentalists.html

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