Today's news -- September 28, 2017

 

 

 

 

Study points to “resegregation” of Florida schools

Although Florida is becoming a more racially diverse state, its public-school system is becoming more segregated, a new study from the LeRoy Collins Institute shows. “Student enrollment trends in Florida over the past decades show growing racial isolation for Hispanic and black students on some measures, with signs of continuous segregation on others,” the study said. Some 32 percent of Hispanic students and 35 percent of black students in Florida attend “intensely segregated” schools, defined as having a nonwhite student body of 90 percent or greater, according to the study. One out of every five schools was intensely segregated in the 2014-2015 academic year, about double the 10.6 percent of the schools that fell into that category in 1994-1995. The more heavily segregated schools had more poor students. In schools with at least a 50 percent nonwhite school body, low-income students represented 68 percent of the population. Low-income students represented 82.5 percent of the population in the schools with a 90 percent or greater nonwhite student body. “Florida is the third-largest state in the country and has the most diverse student body in our state’s history, yet one-fifth of our public schools are intensely segregated,” said Carol Weissert, a Florida State University political scientist who leads the Collins Institute. “Similar segregation is evident for low-income students. All Floridians deserve equal access to a quality education, regardless of race or economic standing.” Gary Orfield, co-director of The Civil Rights Project at UCLA, who helped write the report, said the review of school data over the last two decades showed a “resegregation” of schools as well as a “demographic revolution.” Since 1980, Hispanic students have increased from 8 percent of Florida students to about 31 percent in 2014, the report showed. White students declined from 68 percent to just under 41 percent, while black students remained about 22 percent during that period. The study also showed that the number of students defined as low-income has risen over the last two decades, increasing from 36 percent in 1994-1995 to nearly 59 percent in 2014-2015. Calling the trend “double segregation,” the report showed typical black students were likely attending schools with 68 percent low-income students, and Hispanic students were in schools with a 65 percent low-income population, “while the typical white student and Asian student are in schools where less than half of the students are poor.” “The schools concentrate students not only by race but also by poverty,” Orfield said in a video link to the conference, which was held Wednesday at Florida State. John Due, a prominent civil rights attorney and activist, said the problem facing Florida schools is not just about racial balance. “It’s about poverty. It’s about class,” he said. “I hope we begin to look at the real issues and dealing with class.” Sen. Bill Montford, a Tallahassee Democrat who also heads the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, said education leaders need to review the report’s data, which he called “alarming,” but they also must “dig deeper into how we got to where we are today.” Students facing challenges like poverty, lack of health care or mental-health services “show up in public schools every morning,” said Montford, a former Leon County superintendent. At the same time, Montford said “traditional” public schools are vying for financial support while the state is increasing other education options, including charter schools, virtual classrooms and the use of publicly funded vouchers and scholarships to send students to private schools. “When it comes to education in Florida, we take the cheap route,” Montford said. “We need to step up and provide these services to these children.”

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170927/study-points-to-resegregation-of-florida-schools

 

Palm Beach schools will go it alone in lawsuit against state

The Palm Beach County School Board agreed on Wednesday not to join 14 Florida school districts in suing the state over a law that distributes millions of dollars each year to charter schools. The board decided instead to spend up to $150,000 to hire Boies Schiller Flexner, a national firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, to sue the state. The board said the law, passed in the last legislative session, is unconstitutional because it gives large amounts of money to charter schools without oversight. The legislation requires that districts share property tax dollars used for school construction and maintenance with charter schools. The Palm Beach County school district said that means $230 million over 10 years. Broward County was the first district to sue the state over the law, voting June 5 to spend $25,000 to join the other school districts. Board member Frank Barbieri said the district would have no control in a suit sponsored by 15 school districts.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-palm-beach-school-board-sept-27-story.html

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local-education/school-board-commits-150k-challenge-charter-friendly-law/fIReBaPW52pYU3uE47D5IO/

 

Children from Puerto Rico are expected in Hillsborough schools

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/children-from-puerto-rico-are-expected-in-hillsborough-schools/2339016

 

FairTest: The SAT scores are a hoax

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/09/28/fairtest-the-sat-scores-are-a-hoax/

 

Graduate Assistants United at UF ask for top-ten-level wages (Taylor Polvadore, Mary Roca and Jesse Cosme quoted)
http://www.alligator.org/news/article_2a694d34-a40d-11e7-a4e9-f3b8e07858f8.html

 

Ex-senators pitch voting rights amendment

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170927/ex-senators-pitch-voting-rights-amendment

 

This has been the most active month for hurricanes on record

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/09/27/this-has-been-the-most-active-month-for-hurricanes-on-record/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.607a76a10383

 

Hurricane hunter plane has failed three times in past eight days, has no backup

http://www.tampabay.com/news/weather/hurricanes/vital-hurricane-hunter-plane-has-failed-three-times-in-past-8-days-has-no/2339058

 

Majority of Americans now say climate change makes hurricanes more intense

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/09/28/majority-of-americans-now-say-climate-change-makes-hurricanes-more-intense/?utm_term=.d30c9fc15c63

 

Deadline to install generators “impossible,” nursing homes say in legal challenge

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article175703901.html

 

Nursing home failed to get proper permits for its AC, officials say

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/hollywood-nursing-home-hurricane-deaths/fl-sb-nursing-home-building-code-20170927-story.html

 

Why were nursing home's voicemails to governor deleted?

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-why-were-nursing-homes-voicemails-to-governor-deleted/2338992

 

Nelson continues to jab at Scott over nursing home deaths

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/09/27/bill-nelson-continues-to-jab-at-rick-scott-over-nursing-home-deaths/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ_with%20new%20logo&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Florida taxpayers may avoid bill from Hurricane Irma

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/hurricane-irma-recovery/os-hurricane-irma-citizens-insurance-20170927-story.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article175717831.html

 

Citing Florida deaths, Nelson bemoans slow response on generator safety

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/09/27/citing-florida-deaths-nelson-bemoans-slow-response-generator-safety/710750001/

 

Hurricane \blows away low-cost housing in Keys

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/hurricane-irma-recovery/os-hurricane-irma-keys-housing-20170927-story.html

 

Francis Rooney, Collier officials urge patience for post-hurricane cleanup

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/09/27/u-s-rep-rooney-collier-officials-urge-patience-post-irma-cleanup/708877001/

 

General who turned around Katrina response criticizes Puerto Rico efforts

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-28/general-who-led-katrina-response-criticizes-puerto-rico-efforts

 

Trump is running out of time in Puerto Rico

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article175724016.html

 

Nelson, Rubio urge Trump to OK more hurricane aid to Puerto Rico

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/weather/hurricanes/nelson-rubio-urge-trump-more-hurricane-maria-aid-puerto-rico/pw18l9vSY7rhUp33ZYrzUO/

 

Congressional Democrats to Trump: Do more to help Puerto Rico

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/post-nation/wp/2017/09/27/congressional-democrats-to-trump-do-more-to-help-puerto-rico/

 

Trump promises visit, aid to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

https://apnews.com/8129148d341344278ecc1b1fdba7b2b4/Trump-promises-visit,-aid-to-storm-ravaged-Puerto-Rico

 

Trump administration rushes military assets to Puerto Rico amid growing crisis

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trump-administration-surges-military-assets-to-puerto-rico-amid-growing-crisis/2017/09/27/43832750-a39e-11e7-8cfe-d5b912fabc99_story.html?utm_term=.6681628df8be

 

Jones Act waived for Puerto Rico, easing aid shipments

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/us/jones-act-waived.html?emc=edit_na_20170928&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

 

Scott to visit Puerto Rico today, offering aid

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article175771861.html

 

Florida could see influx of Puerto Ricans, who show growing political power

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/2017/09/27/florida-could-see-influx-of-puerto-ricans-who-have-already-shown-growing-political-power/

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/09/27/puerto-rican-devastation-could-mean-more-florida-voters-114762

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/2017/09/27/puerto-rico-residents-begin-exodus-southwest-florida-after-hurricane-maria/704079001/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-puerto-ricans-are-coming/2017/09/27/aa49a5fa-a3b6-11e7-8cfe-d5b912fabc99_story.html?utm_term=.e7c562d2ca75

 

Now even money is running out in storm-hit Puerto Rico

https://apnews.com/d98021c8616a451e9eca958638099abd/Now-even-money-is-running-out-in-storm-hit-Puerto-Rico

 

Washington set Puerto Rico up for disaster

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/opinion/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170928&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/worldviews/wp/2017/09/27/puerto-rico-is-still-a-victim-of-colonial-neglect/

 

White House restricts lawmakers from visiting Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, aides say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/27/white-house-restricting-lawmakers-from-visiting-puerto-rico-u-s-virgin-islands-aides-say/

 

UCF, Valencia, Seminole State offer in-state tuition to Puerto Rican students

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-universities-in-state-tuition-20170927-story.html

 

In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria drowned what Irma didn’t destroy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/hurricane-maria-virgin-islands.html?emc=edit_th_20170928&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Minorities, Americans without degrees show wealth gains, data says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/27/since-2013-minorities-and-americans-without-college-degrees-showed-greatest-gains-in-wealth-federal-reserve-report-shows/?utm_term=.f61d6c1b9c5c

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/business/economy/wealth-inequality-study.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Black and Hispanic families are making more money, but still lag far behind whites

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/28/black-and-hispanic-families-are-making-more-money-but-they-still-lag-far-behind-whites/?utm_term=.aa1c8ebe9d59

 

Thirteen facts about wage growth

https://www.brookings.edu/research/thirteen-facts-about-wage-growth/

 

Trump rushes to gut regulations at the expense of worker safety

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-gutting-worker-safety/

 

Top Democrat on Senate panel says it will subpoena Manafort

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/top-democrat-on-senate-judiciary-panel-says-it-will-issue-subpoena-for-manaforts-testimony/2017/09/27/221ffc80-a3b4-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?utm_term=.0cdce34e6cc3

 

Kushner’s use of personal email is no minor error

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kushners-use-of-personal-email-is-no-minor-error/2017/09/27/0f128496-a39b-11e7-8cfe-d5b912fabc99_story.html?utm_term=.0094f94c1932

 

Stone is in trouble

https://thinkprogress.org/roger-stone-went-to-congress-and-refused-to-answer-the-most-important-questions-d714a31f9e75/amp/

 

Twitter, with accounts linked to Russia, to face Congress over role in election

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/technology/twitter-russia-election.html

 

Senate committee invites tech executives for open hearing on Russia meddling

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-intel-committee-invites-tech-executives-for-open-hearing-on-russia-meddling/2017/09/27/2ad8a0ac-a3d2-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?utm_term=.aff7671d84dd

 

Trump calls Facebook “anti-Trump” after it aids Russia probe

https://www.apnews.com/d93df584a0c84fdd9e2ef2975bbc179a?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP_Politics

 

Russian-bought Black Lives Matter ad targeted Baltimore and Ferguson

http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/27/media/facebook-black-lives-matter-targeting/index.html

 

Trump proposes the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/politics/trump-tax-cut-plan-middle-class-deficit.html?emc=edit_cn_20170928&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Trump tax plan benefits wealthy, including Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/politics/trump-tax-plan-wealthy-middle-class-poor.html

http://beta.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-tax-plan-20170927-story.html

 

Tax reform is “not good for me, believe me,” Trump said. Don’t.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/09/27/tax-reform-is-not-good-for-me-believe-me-trump-said-dont/?utm_term=.7eaa0ab3dfdd

 

Trump, GOP tax plan omits details on who pays

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/27/trump-tax-plan-republicans-243203?lo=ap_f1

https://apnews.com/6cca5233beb248288b28fae9f9b89fd0/$5-trillion-question-for-Trump-tax-plan:-How-to-pay-for-it

 

The middle class doesn’t want a tax cut. It wants better government.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/27/the-middle-class-doesnt-want-a-tax-cut-it-wants-better-government/?tid=pm_pop&utm_term=.8847df9af2d4

 

Beware of Trump’s claim that wages will soar after he cuts taxes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/27/beware-of-trumps-claim-that-wages-will-soar-after-he-cuts-taxes/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.0a74ab135199

 

A boondoggle masquerading as tax reform

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/opinion/a-boondoggle-masquerading-as-tax-reform.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170928&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump travels to Indiana to sell his tax plan but leaves his usual zeal at home https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-travels-to-indiana-to-sell-his-tax-plan-but-leaves-his-usual-zeal-at-home/2017/09/27/09516a54-a3a0-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.64f6977f17fc

 

Fact-checking Trump’s tax speech in Indianapolis

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/09/28/fact-checking-president-trumps-tax-speech-in-indianapolis/?utm_term=.e1de589ae778

 

Trump misleads on who benefits from tax plan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/politics/trump-fact-check-tax.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170927&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-just-released-his-tax-plan-its-a-5-trillion-love-note-to-the-wealthy-23b9a4ccc569/amp/

 

The Republican tax plan’s magic asterisk

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/upshot/the-republican-tax-plans-magic-asterisk.html?emc=edit_cn_20170928&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

With tax cuts on the table, once-mighty deficit hawks hardly chirp

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/us/politics/trump-tax-cuts-deficit-republicans-congress.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170928&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump's new tax plan shows how unserious Republicans are about governing

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/09/27/trumps-new-tax-plan-shows-how-unserious-republicans-are-about-governing/

 

Not giving up, Trump insists he has votes to repeal Obamacare

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/politics/trump-obamacare-repeal.html?emc=edit_cn_20170928&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/28/zombie-health-bill-why-the-republican-plan-will-rise-from-the-dead?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=245661&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump plans executive action to let insurers sell health plans across state lines

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-plans-executive-action-to-let-insurers-sell-health-plans-across-state-lines/2017/09/27/3995b66a-a3b0-11e7-8cfe-d5b912fabc99_story.html?utm_term=.99c594652b94

 

Trump administration abruptly drops out of Obamacare events in Mississippi

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/27/16374158/obamacare-mississippi-hhs-events

 

Can’t we get this one thing right?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/cant-we-get-this-one-thing-right/2017/09/27/d878acf6-a3ab-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.c71d9e7621b1

 

For a preview of the border wall, look to California

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/border-wall-california.html?emc=edit_th_20170928&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump can’t explain why he removed Sudan from his travel ban

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-sudan-travel-ban-5e1679e56a93/amp/

 

Ryan vents over stalled GOP agenda in Senate

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/27/paul-ryan-senate-gop-agenda-hannity-243240

 

FBI investigating 1,000 white supremacist, domestic terrorism cases

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-investigating-1000-white-supremacist-domestic-terrorism-cases/2017/09/27/95abff24-a38b-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.b897490ec721

 

Gorsuch’s speeches raise questions of independence, critics say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/courts_law/gorsuchs-speeches-raise-questions-of-independence-critics-say/2017/09/27/5accdb3c-a230-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html

 

Price’s spending habits catch Trump’s attention: “I’m not happy about it”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/politics/trump-price-chartered-air-travel.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170927&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

Price should pay taxpayers back

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/tom-price-should-pay-taxpayers-back/2017/09/27/b1c177c6-a3b2-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.24d9a4e2fa31

 

Of course Price shouldn’t have to fly coach!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-it-really-ethical-to-expect-tom-price-to-fly-coach/2017/09/27/f880e120-a3ca-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?utm_term=.9322cd7f3cce

 

EPA’s Pruitt took charter, military flights that cost taxpayers more than $58,000

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/09/27/epas-pruitt-took-charter-military-flights-that-cost-taxpayers-more-than-58000/?hpid=hp_rhp-more-top-stories_pruitttravels-730pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.32ae09455d91

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/27/politics/scott-pruitt-plane/index.html

 

We could guard Beyonce for less than what it costs to protect EPA chief

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/columnists/2017/09/25/carl-hiaasen-we-could-guard-beyonce-less-than-what-costs-protect-epa-chief/699150001/

 

EPA threatens to stop funding Justice Department environmental work

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/politics/scott-pruitt-epa-justice-department-funding.html?emc=edit_cn_20170928&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Equifax CEO who oversaw breach to collect $90 million parting gift

http://amp.timeinc.net/fortune/2017/09/26/equifax-ceo-richard-smith-net-worth

 

Kushner real estate company sued for predatory overcharging practice

http://www.thedailybeast.com/jared-kushner-real-estate-company-sued-for-predatory-overcharging-practice

 

 

 

 

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