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. Supreme Court is getting back to business this week after the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia. On Friday, the eight justices will meet in private conference to consider whether to take up appeals in several high-profile education cases (among many other appeals), with an announcement on the cases’ fate possible as early as Monday. (Education Week)
Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. got asked about a variety of issues during the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Wednesday hearing on the U.S. Department of Education’s budget request for fiscal 2017, from charter schools to open educational resources. (Education Week)
A recent federal court ruling ordering the release of personal data on more than 10 million California students highlights the growing amount of information schools now collect – and the loopholes that allow it to be released. (Associated Press)
The superintendent of Arlington Public Schools is seeking to reassure immigrant families who are afraid to send their children to school amid threats of deportation. (The Washington Post)
When a thorough study of Tennessee’s public pre-kindergarten program last year suggested the program actually set kids back, state Rep. Bill Dunn was validated. The Knoxville Republican had been railing against the state’s pre-K program for years, calling it a waste of money that should be dropped in favor of other investments in early childhood education. (Chalkbeat Tennessee)


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