Beth Milne is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis 
Nearly 1,000 people converged on the state Capitol Thursday to protest proposed cuts to the education budget. (AZ Central)
As the debate over No Child Left Behind rages in Washington, Texas policymakers are distancing themselves from the federal law that was conceived in the Lone Star State. (Houston Chronicle)
International math, science and reading exams show that across dozens of countries, 15-year-old boys are more likely to be low achievers than 15-year-old girls, especially in reading. But among the highest-performing students, girls trail boys, and girls have far less confidence in their ability to solve math problems. (Washington Post)
Meet Jenni Hofschulte, the 35-year-old mom who’s one of the parents leading the charge against testing in Milwaukee. (NPR)
New York
Amid calls for new admissions procedures to increase diversity in New York City’s elite public high schools, the number of black and Hispanic students winning seats remained virtually unchanged this year, according to statistics the Education Department released on Thursday. (NY Times)


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