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More civics; more civility, says Dennis Ross

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The vitriolic presidential campaign and its controversies are due in a major part to the education system failing to retain one of its traditional and historical obligations, the teaching of civics, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican, told a meeting of a Kiwanis Club in his hometown Thursday. “I have never seen anything like it,” Ross said of the combative campaigns and crowds this year. “And the reason is that we don’t teach our kids — the next generation —…

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Gwen Graham passes civics education initiatives in House

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Three civics education initiatives proposed by U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham are set to become law as part of the just-passed Every Child Succeeds Act, approved Thursday by the House 359-64. Graham’s camp says the Tallahassee Democrat shepherded language into the bill by working with a bipartisan group of members to sway Education Committee Chairman John Kline to include language in the sweeping rewrite of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Specifically, Graham sought authority and money to establish academies to teach civics;…

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Gwen Graham, Dennis Ross unveil new civics education push

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U.S. Reps. Gwen Graham and Dennis Ross have unveiled a bipartisan effort in Congress to boost civics education across the nation. Graham, a freshman Democrat from Tallahassee, is teaming up with Ross, a Polk County Republican, to pursue a resolution encouraging high schools to administer a civics test to high school seniors. The questions are taken from the naturalization exams administered to new immigrants by the Department of Homeland Security. “When I speak with young people across North Florida I’m encouraged by how smart…

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Neil Brickfield on the Billiris-WorkNet controversy

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An increasingly dangerous place to be is the space between political consultant, err, I mean, Pinellas’ next, first county mayor, err, I mean County Commissioner Neil Brickfield and any opportunity for him to offer a quote to the St. Petersburg Times’ David DeCamp. Check out this whopper from Brickfield on the flap about WorkNet Pinellas and the use of youths in a stimulus-funded program to collect petitions for a County Commission candidate: Brickfield, who sits on the WorkNet board and…

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