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Good morning, it’s May 15, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

President Donald Trump used his commencement address at Liberty University to go after his critics and to encourage the graduates to “embrace” being an outsider. “We don’t need a lecture from Washington on how to lead our lives,” Trump told the country’s largest Christian university in his first commencement address as president.

In other commencement news, Texas Southern University, a historically black university, canceled Sen. John Cornyn’s commencement address at the last minute this past weekend. The decision came as a result of student opposition. The Washington Post has a roundup of “Defiant, Funny and Touching Commencement Speeches.” 

A new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that most Americans don’t know much about school choice, but those that do generally favor opening more public charter schools and giving low-income families vouchers for private schools. A separate new survey by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) explores the habits of America’s top math students

Below are more highlights of the content already on our site this morning. To see everything we have, visit RealClearEducation.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest education news throughout the day. 

NEWSMAKERS: Texas Southern University cancels Sen. John Cornyn’s commencement address after student-led opposition. 
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