Today on Context Florida: triple threat to schools, bullying, mini-casinos and Charles Keating Jr.

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Today on Context Florida: Although Florida is the nation’s fourth wealthiest state, it ranks 43rd in public school funding, writes Marc Yacht. Florida public schools face a triple threat: charter school expansion; voucher growth and draconian measures punishing teachers, administrators, and schools.

Bullying is defined as “systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees,” which Jamie Miller says could describe every teacher who ever gave a pop quiz. Anti-bullying bills, while sounding great, no doubt will result in unintended consequences.

The push for ‘decoupling’ greyhound racing and gambling facilities could turn dog tracks into mini-casinos, according to former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp. Decoupling is not really about the free market; it is about gambling permit portability.

In one of those strange coincidences, Charles Keating Jr. died just two days before the U.S. Supreme Court’s radical majority subverted the nation in its hideous McCutcheon decision, notes Martin Dyckman. Keating enlisted five senators to intervene with federal regulators while he ran his California-based Lincoln Savings & Loan like a personal piggy bank.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.