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 
Shares of ITT Educational Services, one of the largest operators of for-profit technical schools, plummeted 35 percent to an all-time low Thursday on news of the Department of Education decision to curtail the company’s access to millions of dollars in federal loans and grants, a critical source of revenue. (The Washington Post)
A program at San Francisco State University has quietly been helping former prisoners earn college degrees for decades. Now, it’s gaining wider attention as schools around the state begin to look for ways to help formerly incarcerated men and women gain access to higher education. (The Atlantic)
HARTFORD, Conn.—This is one of the wealthiest states in the union. But thousands of children here attend schools that are among the worst in the country. While students in higher-income towns such as Greenwich and Darien have easy access to guidance counselors, school psychologists, personal laptops, and up-to-date textbooks, those in high-poverty areas like Bridgeport and New Britain don’t. Such districts tend to have more students in need of extra help, and yet they have fewer guidance counselors, tutors, and psychologists, lower-paid teachers, more dilapidated facilities and bigger class sizes than wealthier districts, according to an ongoing lawsuit. Greenwich spends $6,000 more per pupil per year than Bridgeport does, according to the State Department of Education. (The Atlantic)
In the landscape of Indiana education politics, it’s rare to find a topic people on opposite political and ideological sides agree on. But over the last few years, one such topic has come forward: affordable pre-k. (Indiana Public Media)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state Department of Education will distribute $51 million to school districts to settle a dispute with the federal government over recession-era budget cuts. (The Daily Progress)


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