Today's news -- September 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

A little more on Florida's ESSA plan

After Florida submitted its ESSA plan late Wednesday, it quickly became clear that the waivers the state Department of Education planned to seek were no longer there. A closer read of the final version, though, reveals that while the state did not request any formal waiver of the rules, its plan to work around those rules still exists. The ideas are instead woven into the general application. The proposal continues to make provisions to not use native-language proficiency tests for English learners. It would still report subgroup performance, including the addition of English learners, but base the school grade on all students, rather than separate groups. "By bringing all subgroups together into the lowest-performing 25%, Florida schools and LEAs focus on the students in each of these subgroups most in need of assistance," the plan states. "In addition, using the lowest-performing 25% avoids the double and triple counting of students that fall into multiple subgroups." It also retains plans to use some middle school students' math exam scores in reporting high school results, if they are taking advanced courses rather than grade-level material. Florida recently stopped the practice of double-testing middle schoolers in algebra and geometry courses. "By including the end-of-course (EOC) assessment results of middle school students taking high school mathematics courses in the school grades system, Florida's accountability system motivates school districts to encourage capable students to accelerate their education by taking high school classes before entering high school," according to the plan. In most ways, Florida's ESSA plan seeks to maintain its existing test-based accountability system, with few changes. That should come as little surprise, as commissioner Pam Stewart has made clear for years the state's intention of staying its course. Department officials said they decided that using the federal application template, rather than pursuing waivers, should be the path to pursue toward approval. "We are confident that our plan will be the best approach for our students as well as aligning with the law," deputy communications director Cheryl Etters said via email. Asked why the state sent in the changed proposal without seeking another round of public comment, Etters wrote that the state collected plenty of input over time. "We had two public input windows - last summer and this summer," she noted. "During the first window, the public was asked to provide input on the law generally. Then, this summer, we requested input on the DOE draft plan. As the website states, in addition to the comments we received through the online survey, DOE received input through outreach efforts to educator associations and stakeholder groups, and the commissioner convened a superintendents' workgroup to provide input on major decision points." Rosa Castro-Feinberg, a leading civil rights activist and former Miami-Dade School Board member, said she found the changes within the plan not to be positive. "Reporting results is not the same as including those results in the accountability system," she said. "Instead of asking for permission to waive statutory requirements, the state plan submitted on Wednesday assumes permission to ignore portions of the law have been granted." The plan now heads to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for consideration.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/a-little-more-on-floridas-essa-plan/2338325

https://www.the74million.org/article/analysis-floridas-essa-plan-leaves-out-struggling-student-scores-in-school-grades-but-at-what-cost/

 

Joanne McCall on MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday

http://www.wmnf.org/events/midpoint-with-wmnf-news-thursday/

 

Bay union applauds Best and Brightest lawsuit (Alexis Underwood quoted)
http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170921/bay-union-applauds-best-and-brightest-lawsuit

 

Brevard teachers union rejects “insulting” initial 1 percent raise offer (Dan Bennett and Anthony Colucci quoted)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/09/21/brevard-teachers-union-rejects-insulting-initial-1-raise-offer/689456001/

 

Polk cancels early release days to make up days missed due to hurricane (Marianne Capoziello quoted)
http://www.theledger.com/news/20170921/polk-school-district-cancels-early-release-days-to-make-up-days-missed-due-to-irma

 

Clay helps employees affected by hurricane (CCEA mentioned)
https://www.news4jax.com/weather/hurricane-irma/clay-county-school-district-helps-employees-affected-by-irma

 

Officials seek to bridge “opportunity gap” in Flagler schools (FEA mentioned)
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170921/officials-seek-to-bridge-opportunity-gap-in-flagler-schools

 

Alachua joins fight against charter school bill

http://mycbs4.com/news/local/alachua-county-school-board-fights-florida

 

Polls show public schools have strong support from parents

https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/parentpoll2017_memo.pdf

https://learningfirst.org/blog/pdk-annual-poll-shows-confidence-public-schools-lfa-members-say

 

NAEP says it assesses critical thinking in history — but gets an F on that score

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/09/19/the-nations-report-card-says-it-assesses-critical-thinking-in-history-but-naep-gets-an-f-on-that-score/?utm_term=.effba1b35591

 

Helping Latino kids succeed in the classroom doesn’t have to be an ideological war

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/09/21/helping-latino-kids-succeed-in-the-classroom-doesnt-have-to-be-an-ideological-war/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.37a6d64905fb

 

Ex-Obama education officials launch legal aid group to challenge DeVos

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/former-obama-education-officials-launch-legal-group?utm_content=bufferfc75c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

L.A. to investigate virtual school's enrollment of Catholic school students

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-lennox-virtual-academy-20170920-story.html

 

Inspector general wants to pull student aid from online university

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/09/21/education-inspector-general-wants-to-pull-student-aid-from-a-popular-online-university/?utm_term=.05c3e9a2f52b

 

Experts cast doubt on widely cited college free speech survey

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/22/college-free-speech-violence-survey-junk-science?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=244766&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

How repeal of Florida's tax on services reverberates, 30 years later

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/toxic-times-how-repeal-of-floridas-tax-on-services-reverberates-30-years/2338351

 

Tenth Hollywood nursing home patient dies

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article174603746.html?#emlnl=Afternoon_Newsletter

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/hollywood-nursing-home-hurricane-deaths/fl-sb-nursing-home-deaths-tenth-victim-20170921-story.html

 

Nursing home victims had body temperatures up to 109.9

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-reg-hollywood-nursinghome-lawsuit20170920-story.html?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Contentutm_content=59c3e91504d301714742b55butm_medium=trueAnthemutm_source=twitter

 

Nursing home might not face criminal charges, despite 10 deaths

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-nursing-home-deaths-legal-20170921-story.html

 

State hides details in nursing home inspection reports, but federal agencies don’t

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article174709051.html

 

Hurricane Irma wind damages pegged at more than $19 billion

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/irma-wind-damages-pegged-more-than-billion/ztAzZvTkmaGzVgEp2BN7gO/

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-hurricane-irma-insurance-claims-update-20170921-story.html

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170921/irma-insurance-claims-mount

 

Most of hurricane’s billions in damage will be paid by homeowners, study says

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article174604216.html

 

Unemployment claims double in state after hurricane

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/unemployment-claims-double-in-florida-after-hurricane-irma/2338329

 

Trump wants to eliminate program that oversees long-term hurricane relief

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article174657496.html

 

Looks like there’s a bidding war for debris removal. South Florida is winning.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article174685051.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/hurricane-irma-recovery/os-hurricane-irma-storm-debris-contractor-problems-20170921-story.html

 

Hurricane may speed the end of orange juice

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/20/hurricane-irma-may-speed-the-end-of-orange-juice-americas-biggest-source-of-fruit/?utm_term=.574a184efbb6

 

Hurricane roughs up endangered snail kites that help us gauge Everglades' health

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/wildlife/irma-roughs-up-endangered-snail-kites-birds-that-help-us-gauge-the/2338370

 

How big was the storm surge?

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article174681556.html

 

Before hurricane struck, lawmakers blithely sabotaged state building code

https://www-sun--sentinel-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-column-legislature-florida-building-code-20170921-story,amp.html

 

Puerto Rico faces mountain of obstacles on the road to recovery

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/us/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-recovery.html?emc=edit_th_20170922&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/21/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-storm-floods?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=244766&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Still worried about family, Tampa Bay Puerto Ricans ramp up relief effort

http://www.tampabay.com/news/weather/hurricanes/still-worried-about-family-tampa-bay-puerto-ricans-ramp-up-relief-effort/2338360?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/us/puerto-rico-communication-maria.html?emc=edit_th_20170922&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/09/22/im-so-desperate-the-frantic-quest-to-contact-loved-ones-in-puerto-rico/?utm_term=.ad5897d5165b

 

Prospects for trump’s goal to privatize air traffic control appear slim

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/air-traffic-control-privatization-prospects-slim?utm_content=buffer4f4b1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

The economic costs of domestic violence

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-economic-costs-of-domestic-violence/

 

Facebook to turn over Russian-Linked ads to Congress

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/technology/facebook-russian-ads.html?emc=edit_th_20170922&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/21/facebook-adverts-congress-russia-trump-us-election?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=244766&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump dismisses “Russia hoax” as Facebook turns over ads tied to campaign

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/us/politics/trump-russia-hoax-facebook-ads.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Another potential Mueller honey pot: Spicer's notebooks

https://www.axios.com/another-potential-mueller-honey-pot-spicers-notebooks-2487861790.html

 

Trump vs. Manafort? The White House sounds ready to go to war.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/09/21/trump-vs-manafort-the-white-house-sounds-ready-to-go-to-war/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.ff0e230380ef

 

What can Manafort’s actions tell us about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/22/what-can-paul-manaforts-actions-tell-us-about-the-trump-campaigns-ties-to-russia/?utm_term=.2d6ac53291c0

 

Russian connections behind Trump rallies in Florida, report says

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/09/21/russian-connections-behind-trump-rallies-in-florida-report-says/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20092117&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Big New York law firm faces questions on work with Manafort

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/us/politics/law-firm-faces-questions-for-ukraine-work-with-manafort.html?_r=0

 

These are the billionaires paying Trump’s legal bills

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-rnc-legal-fund-de045351554c/

 

Last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill has “worst elements” of earlier plans

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/obamacare-repeal-division-earlier-bills-242997

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/health/graham-cassidy-obamacare-repeal-.html?emc=edit_th_20170922&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

AARP releases another devastating analysis of the GOP’s repeal and replace plan

https://thinkprogress.org/the-latest-effort-to-repeal-the-aca-would-leave-seniors-with-skyrocketing-health-care-costs-1d5e75bd3592/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=59c3f71b04d3010efa683c22&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/351703-aarp-older-americans-to-pay-16k-more-under-gop-obamacare-repeal

 

This Republican health-care bill is the most monstrous yet

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-republican-health-care-bill-is-the-most-monstrous-yet/2017/09/21/cfd1a54e-9f0f-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html?utm_term=.e2f4577a8ba2

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/even-republicans-know-their-new-health-care-bill-is-horrible/2017/09/21/a2ff1670-9efe-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.13d753fa14df

 

Senator Cassidy, please stop lying about health care

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/opinion/cassidy-graham-health-care.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170921&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Cruelty, incompetence and lies

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/opinion/graham-cassidy-lies-healthcare.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170922&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Tens of millions of Americans could lose tax credits because Alaskans won’t

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/09/21/tens-of-millions-of-americans-could-lose-obamacare-tax-credits-because-thousands-of-alaskans-wont/?utm_term=.7453dc5c8e0a

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/21/cassidy-graham-bill-provision-would-exempt-alaska-montana-from-a-cap-on-medicaid-spending/?utm_term=.2218e935fbcc

 

How many with preexisting conditions would be priced out under Cassidy-Graham?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/09/21/how-many-with-preexisting-conditions-would-be-priced-out-of-coverage-under-cassidy-graham/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.a1055bd4657e

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/18/16330574/cassidy-graham-preexisting-conditions

 

GOP health care bill will make it harder for rural hospitals to keep their doors open

https://thinkprogress.org/rural-hospital-crisis-6b1205c91582/

 

Graham-Cassidy would start banning abortion coverage in three months

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/21/16340488/graham-cassidy-obamacare-health-care-abortion

https://thinkprogress.org/the-senate-is-about-to-vote-on-a-bill-that-will-devastate-women-and-gender-minorities-health-care-f132eb670151/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=59c4fb4204d30121713cfdb0&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

GOP bill forces states to build health systems from scratch

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/upshot/the-gop-bill-forces-states-to-build-health-systems-from-scratch-thats-hard.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170922&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump publicly backs healthcare effort, privately harbors doubts

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/22/trump-obamacare-repeal-doubts-243000

 

Kimmel tells viewers: “We have until September 30” to stop GOP health bill

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/jimmy-kimmel-obamacare-repeal-bill-cassidy-243002

 

Don't do it, Senator Rubio. Don't back bad health care bill.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-editorial-rubio-health-care-20170920-story.html

 

Castor: Graham-Cassidy health care bill would “devastate” Florida families

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/245294-kathy-castor-says-graham-cassidy-health-care-bill-devastate-florida-families

 

White House plan for tax cuts moves forward

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/white-house-plan-for-tax-cuts-moves-forward/2017/09/21/d1482576-9eea-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_taxreform-725pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.ce1b0ce05145

 

White House seen softening trade stance as tax reform fight approaches

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/22/white-house-seen-softening-trade-stance-as-tax-reform-fight-approaches.html

 

Federal employees ordered to attend anti-leaking classes

https://www.apnews.com/5907d7e83087480ab2b311e699782645

 

St. Louis is what happens when the Justice Department won’t do its job

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/st-louis-is-what-happens-when-the-justice-department-wont-do-its-job/2017/09/21/bea6bf9c-9d80-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.16ebdafc71ba

 

The Equifax disaster points to a much bigger problem

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-equifax-disaster-points-to-a-much-bigger-problem/2017/09/21/4bd683da-9ee3-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.ebe00eb15a9d

 

Wall Street’s watchdog fails to follow its own counsel on disclosing cyberattacks

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/wall-streets-watchdog-fails-to-follow-its-own-counsel-on-disclosing-cyberattacks/2017/09/21/60cd76bc-9edf-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.253ce872519f

 

Price traveled by private plane at least 24 times

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/tom-price-private-charter-plane-flights-242989

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/how-tom-price-decided-chartered-private-jets-were-a-good-use-of-taxpayer-money/2017/09/22/7ca65e7c-9f42-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html?utm_term=.a77b4ed3084c

 

Price's trip to Florida raises new questions about spending

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/09/21/health-secretary-tom-prices-trip-to-florida-raises-new-questions-about-spending/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20092117&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Trump hires campaign workers instead of farm experts at USDA

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/trump-agriculture-department-usda-campaign-workers-242951

 

Trump aides begin looking for the exits

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/22/trump-aides-staffers-departures-white-house-242990

 

Trump poised to drop some limits on drone strikes and commando raids

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/us/politics/trump-drone-strikes-commando-raids-rules.html

 

 

 

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