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 
Waters Elementary School, a fine arts neighborhood school in Ravenswood Gardens, gave up art and music and drama during the week the school took PARCC tests. (Chicago Sun Times)
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling on Congress to nix plans to cut federal funding specifically designated for after-school programs in a proposed reauthorization of the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. (ABC News)
With a speech at Liberty University in Virginia on Monday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) became the first candidate to declare for the 2016 presidential election. Just about every chance he gets he says he believes school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. (Forbes)
Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, a critic of the Common Core, urged state education officials on Monday to re-evaluate those standards, adopted by the state and meant to guide what students learn from kindergarten through graduation. He said he saw them as an example of the federal government overstepping its bounds. (NY Times)
New York
They are nobody’s idea of allies: Bill de Blasio and Rudolph W. Giuliani, New York City mayors of very different ilks, who have sniped at each other in veiled and less-than-veiled ways since Mr. de Blasio took office last year. (NY Times)


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