Today on Context Florida: Transparency, incivility & SYG, cohabitation & marriage, and money for education

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Today on Context Florida: Corruption shrinks in sunlight, and disclosure is necessary for accountability, writes Lester Abberger of the LeRoy Collins Institute and Integrity Florida chair Marilynn Wills. Florida, already lauded as an open-records state, could be more transparent in campaign finance.

Stand Your Ground self-defense laws does nothing to address a modern problem — incivility – according to Andrew Skerritt.  Teaching young black men to avoid situations does nothing to protect them from angry, armed, aggressive individuals licensed to kill by the state of Florida.

In the second part of “The End of Marriage,” Julie Delegal sees marriage as something that many individuals work to “afford.” Cohabiting couples live together as a form of trial relationship, curbing a desire to combine resources.

Student failure has little to do with FCATs, Common Core or poor teachers, Marc Yacht says. It is all about the money, where poor communities traditionally get fewer resources and current policies threaten to continue that trend.

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