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 
States and school districts that get federal funding to support students who are English-language learners can use that money to support long-term ELLs and ELLs in special education, as well as to help figure out how those students are progressing, according to new Every Student Succeeds Act guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education Friday. (Education Week)
For the second time in 10 days, the House of Representatives has approved an education-reauthorization bill. On Thursday, the House passed the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016 by a vote of 382-29. It’s a proposed retooling of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which was first passed in 1974. (Education Week)
Andrea Jicalan thought her dreams had died the day she was kicked out of Mayde Creek High School. The 17-year-old’s absences had piled up after a family member was jailed, and she had trouble focusing on her 10th grade classes in the Katy ISD school. (Huston Chronicle)
For nearly as long as she’s been in the public eye, Hillary Clinton has counted the well-being of children among her defining causes — from the bestselling 1996 book (and enduring cliche) It Takes A Village to her advocacy for the State Child Health Insurance Program. This presidential campaign has been no exception, except if anything, she’s been working even harder to draw connections between investments in education and economic growth. Here’s a rundown of her positions from cradle to college. (NPR)
“I’m a tremendous believer in education.” So begins a campaign ad for Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. But what does that mean? (NPR)
When massive open online courses, or MOOCs, exploded in popularity in the early 2010s, educators were particularly excited about the courses’ potential to give disadvantaged students equal access to a quality education. (The Atlantic)
Jo Ann Bjornson spent her early childhood in the care of babysitters until it came time for her to board the bus to school for half-day classes, an event that came with little fanfare. For her daughter Isabella, the days before kindergarten started this month included structured preschool, a bevy of summer camps and months of agonizing over whether the smart, sensitive 5-year-old was academically and socially ready to start school. (The Washington Post)


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