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 
A new study of 10,000 teachers found that professional development — the teacher workshops and training that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year — is largely a waste. (The Washington Post)
They appear at events for Hillary Clinton and at rallies for Sen. Bernie Sanders, too: Democrats drawn to Mr. Sanders’s unvarnished liberalism and Mrs. Clinton’s experience and a sense she can win. (The Wall Street Journal)
Strong investor interest in mergers and acquisitions for education companies is likely to continue for the second half of 2015, after a record-setting first half of the year in which the value of transactions reached $6.11 billion—29 percent higher than the same time last year, according to Peter Yoon, a managing director for education at Berkery Noyes, an investment bank. (Education Week)
Jeb Bush wants you to think he opened the doors to higher education for students of color. Hillary Clinton wants you to think he shut them in their faces. (The Atlantic)
The White House plan announced last week to award federal education funding to prison inmates spotlighted a population that is often an afterthought in the national discussion on college access. (Los Angeles Times)
A task force looking to cut as much as $100 million from the budget of one of the nation’s largest school systems has suggested that major savings could come from getting rid of all school sports, limiting extracurricular activities and increasing class sizes. (The Washington Post)
Gov. Bill Haslam and the speakers of the House and Senate have appointed the 10 members of a committee established to review K-12 education standards in Tennessee. (


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