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 
Education leaders from both chambers of Congress begin brokering an overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this week after recent passage of starkly differing House and Senate bills, in hopes of delivering something to the president’s desk this fall. (Education Week)
One out of five American children live in poverty, and we have the Great Recession to blame. That’s according to a new report out today from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks the overall well-being of children in the United States. (PBS)
If this isn’t an honest-to-goodness crystal ball, it’s close. Neurobiologist Nina Kraus believes she and her team at Northwestern University have found a way — a half-hour test — to predict kids’ literacy skill long before they’re old enough to begin reading. (NPR)
It has been widely reported that U.S. employers have a hard time finding skilled talent to fill critical jobs. Rapid developments in digital technology, as well as innovations in science and engineering, have created a gap between need and availability of the skills required across these industries. (Fortune)
With two-term Ohio Gov. John Kasich joining the crowd of candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, it’s a good time to look at the public education mess that has developed in his state under his leadership. (The Washington Post)
A Mississippi judge has ruled against several districts that want to force state lawmakers to fully fund the state’s formula for spending on public schools. (Education Week)
Three education-focused nonprofit groups have joined forces under a new board headed by Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Cardinal Health Chairman and CEO George Barrett. (The Columbus Dispatch)


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