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
These two teachers want to influence education policy, and they want Hillary Clinton to hear from more than just unions or reformers. Naveed Amalfard and Luke Villalobos were in Los Angeles on Wednesday to jump-start efforts around a political action committee, a group that can raise money on behalf of candidates. They call themselves America’s Teachers. (Los Angles Times)
A coalition of 80 colleges recently announced the creation of a free, online college application system that’s designed to improve access for disadvantaged students and encourage all kids to think more deeply about higher education early on. Members of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success include big names like Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Wellesley College, the University of Virginia, and the University of Notre Dame. (The Atlantic)
They share similar backgrounds, growing up with little money and scant hope. One is from Chicago’s south side, the daughter of a city pump operator. The other was raised by a single mother, who bounced around Akron looking for a better life for her talented son. (Associated Press)
The D.C. State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday evening to set what board members called a rigorous proficiency score in anticipation of soon-to-be released results from the new standardized tests administered last year. (The Washington Post)
Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday he is open to modifying his $2.2 billion education-funding plan as he continues conversations about school funding with lawmakers and education groups. (The Arizona Republic)
The group in charge of major decisions about the future of Vermont’s school landscape is asking for help. The State Board of Education on Tuesday asked lawmakers for money to hire staff for the piles of work coming under the state’s new education law, known as Act 46. (Burlington Free Press)


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