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 
Scores on the SAT have sunk to the lowest level since the college admission test was overhauled in 2005, adding to worries about student performance in the nation’s high schools. (The Washington Post)
Shavar Jeffries, an attorney who lost his bid to be mayor of Newark, N.J., is the new president of Democrats for Education Reform, the Los Angeles Times has learned. (Los Angeles Times)
The Joe Biden Show kicked off in the most important county of the most important swing state on Wednesday as the vice president gave a speech that the political world watched rather than listened to. (Politico)
When the Senate passed its bipartisan No Child Left Behind bill this summer, members of both parties and education advocates of all stripes cheered the progress toward rewriting a law nearly everyone agrees needs to be changed in some way. Yet for all that celebrating, a final bill, passed through both Houses and signed by the president, remains a long (long) way off. (The Seventy Four)
New York
If you’ve been tracking the testing opt-out movement, you already know that New York state had one of the highest opt-out rates in the country: 20 percent. Now 11 of its schools won’t be able to compete for the federal Blue Ribbon because they didn’t test enough of their students. (Education Week)


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