Today on Context Florida: Adam Putnam, Hispanic students, hating children and the sandwich generation

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Today on Context Florida: Adam Putnam just might be the only grown-up in Tallahassee, writes Cary McMullen. In the near-total lack of leadership on the issue by Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature, he writes, Putnam is trying to address the problem of capital funding for public education facilities.

In 1998, when Florida embraced higher standards and increased accountability, Florida’s Hispanic students were scoring 25 points below the average for white students, says Peter Schorsch. Gains achieved since then dispel some of the greatest education myths of all time — that you cannot close an achievement gap by simply expecting students to do it alone.

Because Florida “flat out refuses” to support public schools, Linda Cunningham comes to an obvious conclusion — we hate children. If the state actually loves its schoolchildren, then it is time to fix the education process, and open the door to change.

Rebekah McCloud is a proud member of the “sandwich generation,” the people who care for aging parents while helping to support their own children. It is an awesome responsibility and a tremendous opportunity to learn, to teach, to mentor, to encourage, to nurture, and to love.

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