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Today on Context Florida: Pet parenting, faculty tenure and 10 commandments of climate change

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Today on Context Florida: It is stupid to equate parenting with pet ownership, says Steven Kurlander, and misguided in terms of how we in American society think about animals and our relationship with them. Pets, and animals too, are not humans, and should not be considered or treated as such. Few hot-button topics are hotter among university faculty than whether tenure is essential to academic freedom and quality teaching, says former University of North Florida educator Dan Dundon. Tenure reform sometimes…

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Teachers union urges members to thank Charlie Crist

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Saying it’s only polite — but not political — state and local teachers unions are urging members to send their thanks to Gov. Charlie Crist for vetoing the controversial teacher pay and tenure bill. “Join the tens of thousands of Floridians who are sending a Thank You to Governor Crist for the SB6 Veto,” says a message on the Florida Education Association website. “Pledge Your Support.” Unions have stopped short of endorsing Crist in his bid for the U.S. Senate.…

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