We’re off today, loving life and liberty and hopefully pursuing a full rack of ribs. 🙂

We’ll be back tomorrow with more good stuff for the blog. In the meantime, enjoy your family and friends – and your freedom.

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). Ron can be reached at or (727) 451-9830. Follow him on Twitter @RonMatus1 and on facebook at