Today on Context Florida: The Internet, FSU president, student loans and high-stakes testing

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Today on Context Florida:

Martin Dyckman reminds us the Internet is only a tool in the service of both good and evil, making no pretense of balance. The advantage goes to those who get there first. A current example is a screed circulating under the headline, “Pause and reflect…a little Muslim history lesson.”

When Adam Weinstein looks at the presidential search process at Florida State University — the encroachment of politics and business into student life — it becomes clear his alma mater is about to embark on an exciting new experiment: What happens when you turn an institution of higher learning into an annex of the Legislature and lobbyists?

Student loan debt is crushing the American Dream for far too many Floridians, posing a significant threat to our nation’s economy. Mark Ferrulo offers a simple, common sense solution to this problem: refinancing.

Marc Yacht commends Lee County for the courage to “just say no” to high-stakes testing. Last week, the Lee County School Board voted to end all state-required testing in the county’s public schools. Schools boards must stand up, whatever the cost, to protect public schools in Florida and across the nation. If this nation wants to see student progress, it simply needs to provide public education with enough money so that well trained teachers can do their job.

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