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 
All Aberdeen Rodriguez wanted to do was to teach English in her home state of Minnesota after seven years as a middle school teacher in Texas. She took and passed the state’s licensing tests and found a school willing to hire her. But then, she says, she was flummoxed when a state official suggested she might need to retake American and British literature to qualify for a license. (Education Week)
Most states are spending less per student at public higher education institutions now than they did before the recession, according to a report released Wednesday by the liberal-leaning Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). (The Hill)
As governors with different political ideologies, we are committed to governing successfully by working with leaders from all parties and constituents of all backgrounds. We also know that when we develop policies based on solid evidence and the real needs of the citizens of our states, we can come to bipartisan agreement on important issues. One policy issue that should unite us all is quality early childhood education. (Forbes)
Tuesday in Arlington, VA, at the Youth Violence Prevention Summit, Education Secretary Arne Duncan proposed government-run public boarding schools which would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Breitbart)
If you’ve followed education in the news or at the book store in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve heard of “grit.” It’s often defined as the ability to persevere when times get tough, or to delay gratification in pursuit of a goal. (NPR)
A new survey of more than 30,000 U.S. teachers finds that most of them report high levels of stress and low levels of autonomy, but it also shows that they are not ready to bail on the classroom. (Washington Post)
Jordan Shapiro’s recent post in Forbes in which he laid out four misconceptions about the future of education, caught my attention because, like much of his work, he tries to take a cattle prod to the conventional education narrative. (NPR)
New York
As students begin preparing to cram for end-of-the-year tests, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making a legislative crunch-time push to get an education investment tax credit through the Legislature. (Times Union)


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