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 
K-12 education barely merited a mention in the first presidential debate Monday night. But child-care access got a quick—and early—shout-out. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, said that her prescription for improving the economy includes expanding access to child care to help working families. Donald Trump, the Republican contender, said he agreed with her on the child-care issue in general, even though the two might differ on “numbers and amounts.” (Education Week)
“There’s a lot of talk about the student-debt crisis, and I’m going to tell you that I don’t think there really is a student-debt crisis,” said Debbie Cochrane, the vice president at The Institute for College Access and Success. “What there are are multiple student-debt crises.” (The Atlantic)
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has come out against the ballot question that would lift the cap on charter schools, after taking heat for staying on the fence. “Education is about creating opportunity for all our children, not about leaving many behind,” Warren said in a statement. “I hope that the Legislature, the teachers, and the parents can come together to find ways to make sure all kids in Massachusetts get a first-rate education without pitting groups against each other.” (Boston Herald)
The Maryland State Board of Education took a step toward giving school systems a way to seek waivers from Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent executive order mandating that public schools stay closed until after the Labor Day holiday. (The Washington Post)


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