Today on Context Florida: Tuition for DREAMers, Wilson & Obama, PAC attacks and the value in higher education

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Today on Context Florida: DREAMers, the children of undocumented immigrants, should be entitled to in-state tuition, says Daniel Tilson. For some of the best and brightest in Florida, the nation and state they’d called home for years, rather than finding ways to facilitate their path to success, obstructed them.

Woodrow Wilson faced the same type of opposition in creating the League of Nations that Barack Obama is enduring today, writes Martin Dyckman.  Has any president ever been beset by so much implacable partisan opposition? Dyckman thought not, until reading A. Scott Berg’s compelling new biography of Wilson.

Floridians should prepare for the fall elections preceded by a flood of PAC-paid attack ads, warns former State Sen. John Grant. By law, these committees cannot campaign directly for or against a candidate, but they are free to disseminate information, which means they are free to “trash” opponents.

According to Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, there are four kinds of value in higher education, says Ed Moore: raising the probability that you’ll have a comfortable and secure lifestyle; institutional accountability; the economic value of universities’ research; and assessing the cost of getting a college education. Sometimes, he writes, they get lost in the shuffle.

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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 HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, 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 phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.