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 
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., may not be the only person to drop the “acting” from his title this year. President Barack Obama announced plans on Thursday to nominate three current staffers in “acting” roles at the U.S. Department of Education to be assistant secretaries. (Education Week)
Officials involved with what has become known as the education reform movement expressed concern over a statement this week by former President Bill Clinton about his wife’s view of mandatory testing. (The New York Times)
Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business received a lot of global attention after saying it would make its two-year M.B.A. program free starting this fall. It also got a lot more applicants than it bargained for. (The Wall Street Journal)
The Massachusetts state Senate on Thursday passed a controversial charter school bill that would gradually lift a cap on charter schools in low-performing districts but would tie the cap lift to an increase in funding for district public schools. (MassLive)
NYCAN in the News
New York, which hosts the country’s largest school district, experienced a record-breaking number of students opting not to take required state exams last year. By the time school ended in June, 20% of the state’s entire number of students had decided not to participate in the testing. (Education News)


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