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 American education landscape is shifting. More U.S. school-age kids live in poverty and need English-language services, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics. (US News)
A California county in the heart of Silicon Valley on Wednesday launched an ambitious plan to better prepare preschool-aged students for reading so that they can achieve proficiency by 3rd grade. (Ed Source)
Higher education observers across the nation are watching this week as the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee takes up funding for the University of Wisconsin System. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Poverty, which affects a growing number of American students, begins its negative impact on learning as early as the beginning of kindergarten, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report released Thursday. (Huffington Post)
More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics. (NPR)
New Jersey
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is planning to give remarks on “academic standards” Thursday, and some education leaders expressed concern Wednesday that he might retreat further from his past support of the Common Core. (The Wall Street Journal)


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