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Today on Context Florida: innovative charter schools, Donald Trump and Social Security’s birthday

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Today on Context Florida:

Jac Wilder VerSteeg writes that charter schools claim to innovate because they are freed from some of the stupid bureaucratic rules that plague traditional public schools. A couple of charter schools in Broward County are taking advantage of a “rule break” in a way the VerSteeg calls truly “innovative.” They don’t have to pay their bills.

According to the professional prognosticators: Donald Trump is a carnival barker riding the presidential primary process for an eventual deal that would boost his business margin. Or land another TV show. Or add another $3 billion to his “brand.” The Donald is out to make “America Great Again” — for himself. Chris Timmons is not disputing any of those notions.

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham wishes a happy 80th birthday to Social Security. On Aug. 14, 1935, when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, there was no safety net to rely on. America was rapidly changing at the time and traditional sources of economic security were vanishing. You’ve paid into Medicare and Social Security all your life, and Graham says she is dedicated to making sure the government lives up to its end of the bargain.

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