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 
The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of $48 million in grants to 143 colleges and organizations in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico under the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program – all aimed at promoting college readiness for more than 196,000 adults. (U.S. Department of Education)
It was the first week of school and the teacher Andy Slater wanted his new class of ninth-graders to understand the school’s rules. Discussing campus rules might seem like simple, standard procedures for the first week of school, but Slater is teaching at a new Indianapolis Public Schools program for students who have recently arrived in the United States, and most of his students are still struggling to learn English. (The Atlantic)
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled against the School Reform Commission, the board in charge of overseeing Philadelphia schools, in a case stemming from a 2014 decision by that body to unilaterally cancel teachers’ collective-bargaining agreement.  (Education Week)
Dana Nerenberg, principal of Sitton Elementary in North Portland, has been chosen as one of three principals who will advise the U.S. secretary of education during the coming school year. (Oregon Live)
Mississippi after-school programs that had been expecting federal subsidies to serve 29,000 students aren’t getting any money for now, after state Department of Education officials mishandled grant money and tried to cover up their mistakes. Some programs that had received funding for years could lose it as the state tries to figure out how to repay up to $19 million in federal money. (Education Week)


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