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 
When Andrea Diaz was applying to colleges, she got good news and bad news. The good news was that American University, a private four-year university in Washington, D.C., wanted her. The bad news was that it required her to come to campus early to take two summer developmental-level courses in math and English. (NPR)
Pushing up the cuffs of his plaid shirt and adjusting his glasses, the ninth-grader Colton Gaudette looks across the small classroom conference table. “Welcome to my student-led conference,” he says. “Thank you for inviting me,” answers his mother, Terry Gaudette, sitting next to Colton’s adviser and biology teacher. (The Atlantic)
50CAN in the News
Over the past two years, 1,300 people applied for just 10 spots in 50CAN’s Education Advocacy Fellowship. The extraordinary response is a reflection of the deep hunger in our country for better schools. People want to speak out, get involved and make a difference and we are proud to provide a platform for dedicated, principled individuals to do this work. (Education Post)
A dilapidated high school on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota is receiving nearly $12 million in federal money to rebuild after years of mounting pressure from Congress. (Star Tribune)
New York
On the first day of state exams across New York state Tuesday, some school districts reported more students opting out than last year, some reported fewer, and some sought to lower the volume of debate on whether the tests had value. (The Wall Street Journal)


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