Today's news -- October 5, 2017

 

 

Survey: Confidence in public schools is growing *

It’s well-known that the American people generally have a more favorable opinion of institutions when viewed through a local, as opposed to a state or national, prism. Public schools are no exception. Most individuals give their neighborhood schools high marks but have a more negative assessment of the nation’s schools overall. A couple of recent polls reveal this dynamic, with one suggesting the gap in perceptions may be narrowing. According to the recent PDK International survey, the percentage of Americans who give their community’s public schools an ‘A’ is at its highest in more than 40 years of PDK polling. Sixty-two percent of public school parents give public schools in their own communities an A or B grade (The percentage dips to 45 percent with nonparents). When parents grade their own child’s school, grades improve even more, to 71 percent. But the PDK poll also found that only 24 percent give public schools nationally the same grade. “The 25-point gap between ratings of schools in one’s own community and schools nationally is consistent with more than three decades of PDK poll results,” the report noted. “Awareness of a few poor schools can diminish the ratings of all schools together, driving down scores nationally while leaving local scores far better.” New Gallup surveys also reveal a gap in local and national perceptions of public schools. Nearly half of U.S. adults (47 percent) said they are completely or somewhat satisfied with the quality of education for K-12 students -- although that’s a jump of four percentage points from 2016. When parents were asked about their child’s education specifically, 79 percent said they are completely or somewhat satisfied, with only 21 percent saying they are not. Another recent Gallup poll revealed that 39 percent of the public has “confidence” in the nation’s public schools, which represents an improvement over 2016, when only 30 percent expressed confidence in the system -- the largest year-over-year positive change for schools in Gallup’s survey. What explains the uptick in these results? The Gallup report noted that numbers for both Democrats and Republicans increased in both surveys (a bigger jump among Republicans, however), so perhaps it can be attributed in part by general optimism on the part of GOP voters since the 2016 election. But other factors are also in play. Gallup suggests that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the bipartisan measure signed into law by President Obama in December 2015 that replaces the widely unpopular No Child Left Behind, is also having an effect. ESSA reduces the amount of federally mandated testing and ensures that educators are part of decisions about teaching and learning. In addition, the nation’s high graduation rate and declining dropout rate could also be playing a role in boosting the public’s view of the nation’s schools. Nonetheless, the persistent media coverage of charter schools and voucher proposals, according to the Gallup report, “may contribute to a more negative view of the U.S. education landscape, while parents tend to see their own school’s influence at home and view its effects more approvingly.” In fact, very little coverage is devoted to the issue that the majority of Americans consistently cite as the biggest problem facing schools: lack of funding, according to the PDK survey. Concerns over funding cut across socioeconomic groups, including those who give their neighborhood schools higher marks. “Funding is not a problem exclusive to less well-regarded schools,” the PDK report noted. “Twenty percent of those who give A grades to schools in their community cite funding as a top problem, as do 26 percent of those who give B’s and 23 percent of those who give their schools C’s and D’s.”

http://neatoday.org/2017/09/20/survey-americans-confidence-in-public-schools-is-growing/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=171004neatodayexpress&utm_content=pdk_poll

 

Court overturns state board on charter schools

Pointing to similar cases in other parts of Florida, an appeals court Wednesday overturned a decision by the State Board of Education that would have cleared the way for two charter schools in Indian River County. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal was a victory for the Indian River County School Board, which in 2015 denied two charter-school applications filed by Somerset Academy, Inc. Backers of the charter schools took the issue to the State Board of Education, which rejected the decision of the Indian River board and said Somerset Academy should be allowed to move forward with the schools. Wednesday’s ruling by the appeals court said the Indian River board had “clear and convincing evidence” on a series of issues that supported the denial of the proposed charter schools. As an example, the appeals court said the Indian River board showed that the applications failed to meet financial requirements included in state law. “The School Board painstakingly pointed out how Somerset’s applications patently showed that Somerset’s intended budget was financially unrealistic and untenable,” said the 10-page ruling.

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171004/court-overturns-state-board-on-charter-schools

 

Pinellas teachers OK bargaining agreement, new starting salary (Mike Gandolfo quoted, PESPA and USEP mentioned)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pinellas-teachers-ok-bargaining-agreement-new-starting-salary/2339891

 

Miami school district will request delay to state testing due to hurricane

http://wlrn.org/post/miami-school-district-will-request-delay-state-testing-due-irma

 

Lee School Board asks for state testing delays, flexibility

http://www.news-press.com/story/insider/2017/10/03/lee-school-board-vote-po-asks-state-waive-some-testing-requirements-board-approves-post-irma-calenda/708236001/

 

Duval schools officials warn test changes could drop graduation rates

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/education/2017-10-04/duval-schools-officials-warn-test-changes-could-drop-graduation?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

State school districts filing lawsuits against charter school legislation

http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/State-school-districts-filing-lawsuits-against-charter-school-legislation-449469903.html

 

Teaching about Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/learning/lesson-plans/island-in-crisis-teaching-about-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171004&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Wisconsin shows how vouchers can exacerbate funding disparities in public schools

http://www.greatlakescenter.org/docs/Policy_Briefs/Bruecker-Funding.htm

 

DeVos keeps higher ed -- and reporters -- at arm’s length

http://www.chronicle.com/article/DeVos-Keeps-Higher-Ed-and/241372?key=WhHS38M9G9-059eUbwiBOrHNBjzk1N-O1vQ7ttWH92URIb0ccpWNyr3m492GlEg8ZHB0WDhma19mVW0xeDZkWGJqRG1jOFhXZ1hrSGkwSnIzM29xSE96RWhtdw

 

We need to rise up, not retreat, to meet challenges

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/goodman-we-need-to-rise-up-not-retreat-to-meet-challenges/2339863

 

Survey says Floridians feeling financial stress

http://saintpetersblog.com/usf-survey-says-floridians-feeling-financial-stress/

 

Constitution commission considers voting rights for NPAs, ex-felons

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/10/04/constitution-commission-considers-voting-rights-npas-and-ex-felons/731899001/

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246055-constitution-write-in-loophole

 

CRC's education panel to meet today

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-constitution-revision-commissions-education-panel-to-meet-thursday/2339829

 

Yes, Florida's pool of voters is shrinking. Here's why.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/yes-floridas-pool-of-voters-is-shrinking-heres-why/2339911

 

Feeling allergy symptoms? Blame Hurricane Irma, some doctors say

http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/feeling-allergy-symptoms-blame-hurricane-irma-some-doctors-say/2339765

 

Trump orders feds to pay more to help Florida cities, counties pay for debris

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orange/os-feds-to-pay-more-for-florida-storm-debris-20171003-story.html

 

Debris left behind by hurricane could make for active brush fire season, officials say

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2017/10/04/debris-left-behind-hurricane-irma-could-make-active-brush-fire-season-officials-say/716254001/

 

Hurricane caused an estimated $2.5 billion in state agriculture losses

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business/irma-caused-estimated-billion-florida-agriculture-losses/2qnFlZADxxrYSWa1b1X1uM/?ecmp=newspaper_email&

 

After hurricane, pummeled Everglades shows signs of resilience

https://earther.com/after-irma-pummeled-everglades-shows-signs-of-resilien-1819099880?utm_source=recirculation&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=wednesdayAM

http://www.fieldandstream.com/catastrophe-in-everglades-and-how-to-fix-it?dom=rss-default&src=syn

 

It’s time for tourists to come back to the Keys, Scott says during visit

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article176959686.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/hurricane-irma-recovery/os-rick-scott-florida-keys-20171004-story.html

 

Pence to visit Orlando today

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-mike-pence-orlando-puerto-rico-20171004-story.html

 

Zinke to visit state, Lake Okeechobee

http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/10/04/hurricane-irma-interior-sec-zinke-to-visit-florida-lake-okeechobee/

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/10/04/interior-secretary-zinke-to-visit-florida-this-week/

 

State expects to file long-overdue reimbursement appeals to FEMA shortly

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/10/04/state-expects-file-long-overdue-reimbursement-appeals-fema-shortly/732684001/

 

It’s going to get wet as Florida faces tropical peril on both coasts

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/fl-reg-tropical-depression-16-storm-florida-20171004-story.html

http://www.tampabay.com/news/weather/hurricanes/forecasters-monitoring-system-that-could-become-tropical-storm-nate-in/2339804?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/going-get-wet-florida-faces-tropical-peril-both-coasts/7kXsDb2XLS3zq5iAYTkxkK/?ecmp=newspaper_email&

 

White House dials back Trump’s vow to clear Puerto Rico’s debt

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/business/dealbook/trump-puerto-rico-debt.html?emc=edit_cn_20171005&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Critical Puerto Rico infrastructure contractor lacks history of results

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246127-critical-puerto-rico-infrastructure-contractor-lacks-history-results

 

White House asks Congress for $29 billion in hurricane aid

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/us/politics/trump-hurricane-relief-request-flood-insurance.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171004&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-asks-for-30-billion-in-emergency-disaster-aid/2017/10/04/162dd618-a94f-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.35fe2ff81054

 

Hurricane damage in Puerto Rico leads to fears of drug shortages nationwide

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/health/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-pharmaceutical-manufacturers.html?emc=edit_th_20171005&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Scott says Florida’s ready to help Puerto Rico, but critics see little action so far

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article176233706.html

 

Second Jacksonville event for Puerto Rican hurricane relief set for Saturday

http://jacksonville.com/metro/business/2017-10-04/second-jacksonville-event-puerto-rican-hurricane-relief-set-saturday

 

Polk congressman urges more relief for Puerto Rico

http://www.theledger.com/news/20171003/polk-congressman-urges-more-relief-for-puerto-rico

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246038-darren-soto-congress-must-quickly-approve-robust-relief-package-puerto-rico

 

Jeb Bush criticizes Trump on Puerto Rico

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/10/04/jeb-bush-criticizes-trump-on-puerto-rico/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Filmed near Disney, “Florida Project” shines light on hidden homeless

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/movies/os-florida-project-disney-hidden-homeless-20171004-story.html

 

Life, liberty and the PSC

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-life-liberty-and-the-psc/2339866

 

Don't wait forever to heed voters' will on conservation amendment

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-florida-forever-spending-plan-20171004-story.html

 

With Janus, corporate interests launch another attack on workers (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)
http://neatoday.org/2017/09/28/janus-supreme-court-attack-on-workers/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=171004neatodayexpress&utm_content=janus

 

Gerrymandering is almost as old as the nation, but it's never too late to rein it in

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-end-of-gerrymandering-near-20171003-story.html

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246110-darryl-paulson-end-gerrymandering

 

Senate Intelligence heads warn that Russian election meddling continues

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/us/politics/senate-intelligence-committee-russia-election-trump.html?emc=edit_th_20171005&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/04/senate-intelligence-committee-russia-election-interference?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=246700&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Congress to Trump, basically: Russia is not fake news

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/04/congress-to-trump-basically-russia-is-not-fake-news-2/?utm_term=.d289c70cc834

 

The Senate’s Russia probe is still far from over

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-senates-russia-probe-is-still-far-from-over/2017/10/04/13ee6586-a943-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html?utm_term=.d5e5c33b4bef

 

Furious Republicans are working hard to make Trump’s Russia scandal disappear

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/10/04/furious-republicans-are-working-hard-to-make-trumps-russia-scandal-disappear/?utm_term=.27159b8d686f

 

How Russia’s fake social media accounts propelled Trump

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-russia-facebook-accounts-propelled-trumps-campaign-f8916bd8c55a/

 

Tax cut for the rich, huge debt to you

http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/10/04/opinion-tax-cut-for-the-rich-huge-debt-to-you/?ecmp=newspaper_email&

 

How we think about the deficit is mostly wrong

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/opinion/deficit-tax-cuts-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171005&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/us/politics/federal-debt-deficits.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171004&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Pressured on tax cuts, Democrats see little reason to deal

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/10/04/pressured-on-tax-cuts-democrats-see-little-reason-to-deal/?utm_term=.8520ddfc694f

 

Bill to rescue children’s health program hits snag in House

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/us/politics/children-health-insurance-program-congress.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171004&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/5-takeaways-congress-failure-extend-funding-children-s-coverage#stream/0

 

CHIP falls, jeopardizing health for 342,000 kids in Florida

 http://opinionzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/10/05/goodman-chip-falls-jeopardizing-health-for-342000-kids-in-florida/

 

“All I want to do is teach and help my kids,” says DACA teacher (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)
http://neatoday.org/2017/09/25/daca-teachers-karen-reyes/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=171004neatodayexpress&utm_content=daca_teachers

 

Bipartisan Senate group unveils latest attempt at sentencing overhaul

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/bipartisan-senate-group-unveils-latest-attempt-at-sentencing-reform/2017/10/04/71d5ccea-a94b-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.bb81c9955ef1

 

They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants.

https://www.revealnews.org/article/they-thought-they-were-going-to-rehab-they-ended-up-in-chicken-plants/

 

Trump takes a first step toward scrapping Obama’s global warming policy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/climate/trump-climate-change.html?emc=edit_th_20171005&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Court orders Trump administration reinstate Obama emissions rule

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/05/court-orders-trump-administration-reinstate-obama-emissions-rule?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=246700&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Three Trump Cabinet members attended mining lobbyist meeting at Trump hotel

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/05/three-trump-cabinet-members-attended-mining-lobbyist-meeting-at-trump-international-hotel/?utm_term=.0f0c4910c8cf

 

The worst part about Pruitt’s schedule isn’t his meetings with industry

https://thinkprogress.org/pruitt-schedule-reveals-no-time-for-differing-opinions-b0cf06227080/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/insider/foia-scott-pruitt-epa.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171005&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Notes from closed meeting show how Interior aims to weaken environmental laws

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/05/notes-from-closed-meeting-show-how-interior-aims-to-weaken-environmental-laws/?utm_term=.2fd34a64f145

 

Interior rejects 25 endangered species petitions, some linked to climate change

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/05/interior-department-rejects-25-endangered-species-petitions-including-several-linked-to-climate-change/?utm_term=.02e2a576be60

 

How Politico found Price’s private jets

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/04/how-we-found-tom-prices-private-jets-215680

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/10/04/stakeout-at-dulles-airport-launched-politico-bombshell-on-tom-prices-charter-flight-scandal/?utm_term=.2426f61480af

 

Interior secretary draws flak for mixing politics, official travel

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/zinke-fundraiser-official-travel-interior-243470

 

IRS defends Equifax contract amid Hill outcry

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/04/irs-defends-equifax-contract-243473

 

Trump’s secretary of state reaffirms support for president

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/us/politics/tillerson-trump-secretary-state.html?emc=edit_na_20171004&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/10/04/why-tillerson-kissed-trumps-ring-today/?utm_term=.c234bc6aca77

 

Tillerson makes nice but may not last long with Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-death-spiral-tillerson-makes-nice-but-may-not-last-long-with-trump/2017/10/04/7ad19894-a921-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.605a4ac7cfae

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/us/politics/tillerson-trump-secretary-state.html

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/04/rich-lowry-rex-tillerson-should-go-215682

 

Liberal groups got IRS scrutiny, too, inspector general suggests

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/liberal-groups-got-irs-scrutiny-too-inspector-general-finds/2017/10/04/e9b6e3c4-a929-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.682b44d9551b

 

Angry GOP donors close their wallets

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/republican-donors-trump-mcconnell-anger-243449

 

 

 

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