Today on Context Florida: Electoral science, trauma centers, Jameis Winston and educational testing

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Today on Context Florida: The “science” of electoral politics — data collection, statistical analysis and so on — is critically relevant and “downright essential” to winning elections, says Daniel Tilson, but resource development and allocation based purely on data is a failure of vision.

Since the opening of trauma centers at Blake Medical Center, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Ocala Regional Medical Center, residents of these communities have had access to state-of-the-art, Level II trauma centers, says Larry J. Feinman, chief medical officer of HCA West Florida Division. Providing readily accessible trauma care to these previously underserved areas is critical, especially given how frightening and life changing traumatic injuries can be for patients and for their families.

Andrew Skerritt notes that the details of the Jameis Winston sexual assault case, and its handling by Florida State University and the Tallahassee Police Department, is even more troubling than first suspected.

Without educational testing, there is no way to know — or guarantee — that students will move to the next level with comparable skills, writes Peter Schorsch. Despite grumblings, politically motivated fear-mongering and adult-induced stress on kids, this is why we use tests like the FCAT.

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