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:
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Larry Ferlazzo is a veteran teacher of English and social studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  Every year he writes a list of the best/worst education news of the year — but this, so much has been happening that he decided to take a look halfway through the year, and here’s what he’s come up with. (The Washington Post)
Senators pressed Education Secretary John King in a hearing Wednesday on the Obama administration’s implementation of a new education law, warning against regulations they said would place new burdens on schools. (The Hill)
U.S.  Secretary of Education John King Jr. on Thursday pushed hundreds of state policymakers at this year’s annual Education Commission of the States’ National Forum on Education Policy to engage as many stakeholders as possible while creating their education agendas under the Every Student Succeeds Act. (Education Week)
It’s becoming more difficult for schools to accurately gauge the number of poor students they enroll – an important metric that’s used for everything from doling out federal aid to tracking academic performance and measuring achievement gaps. (U.S. News)
California’s community colleges will receive $200 million annually to expand career technical education programs so they can add new career pathways, increase faculty, strengthen curriculum and improve regional cooperation among colleges, businesses and other groups. (EdSource)
Three years after they formed the first teachers’ union in post-Katrina New Orleans, teachers at the Morris Jeff Community School have secured their first contract. The three-year deal entitles teachers to increased job security, additional supports to improve their craft, and more of a say in setting school discipline and special education policy.  The Times Picayune reports that both the teachers and governing board unanimously ratified the contract. (Education Week)
A superintendent who faced questions about information on his resume and possible plagiarism can begin his new job this week after the Pittsburgh Public Schools board rejected one member’s request to rescind the hiring. (Associated Press)


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