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. Department of Education today proposed regulations that seek to improve oversight and protect more than 5.5 million distance education students at degree-granting institutions, including nearly 3 million exclusively online students by clarifying the state authorization requirements for postsecondary distance education. (U.S. Department of Education)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hasn’t talked that much about K-12 education, but when he has it’s been … colorful. Take a look at our favorite Trump quotes on education policy. (Education Week)
For this week’s long listen, I sat down with my Ed Team co-conspirator, Anya Kamenetz, to talk about one of my favorite subjects: brains. Specifically, how children learn to read and what can be done to help struggling readers. (NPR)
Ohioans’ taxes paid for $117 million in tuition vouchers for private schools last year to give students a ticket out of public schools. But if those private schools perform any better, it’s tough for parents and taxpayers to find out. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Wells Fargo and Amazon are teaming up to offer borrowers a discount on private student loans in an unusual partnership that one analyst describes as “baffling.” (U.S. News)
General Assembly Space Inc., a tech-education startup that has raised more than $100 million from investors, laid off about 50 workers on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the matter. (The Wall Street Journal) 
Gov. Bruce Rauner once told some of Chicago’s wealthiest and most influential civic leaders that half of Chicago Public Schools’ teachers “are virtually illiterate” and half of the city’s principals are “incompetent,” according to emails Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration released Thursday under a court order. (Chicago Tribune)
New York
New York City officials on Thursday said suspension shouldn’t be used as a disciplinary measure for children in kindergarten through second grade, a proposal that drew criticism from the teachers union, which said it would lead to increased classroom disruption. (The Wall Street Journal)


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