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    PNS Daily News - May 25, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; On this Memorial Day, President Obama is honoring the many Americans who paid the ultimate price in service to their country; Memorial Day can also mark the start of summer, which can mean more drownings, we’ll have a report out of Arizona, on National Drowning Prevention Month; and a report on a possible political debate at Centre College in Kentucky.

Early Childhood Education

PHOTO: The Texas House of Representatives has passed HB 31 and HB 32, which call for nearly $5 billion in sales and business tax cuts. The bills' sponsors say the measures will save a family of four $172 a year. Critics argue the state needs to invest surpluses in children and infrastructure. Photo credit: Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House passed nearly $5 billion in sales and business tax cuts earlier this week. Proponents say the move will boost the economy and put an additional $172 into a family of four's pockets. Critics warn tax cuts mean reduced funding for public schools, health care and social ...Read More

PHOTO: More Minnesota families could get help covering the high cost of child care, thanks to efforts at the State Capitol, and a report out today (Monday) says doing so would bring economic stability to families and improve the well-being of their children. Photo credit: Alan Turkus/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the Minnesota State Legislature enters its final stretch, a new report points out several key ways that lawmakers could improve the well being of the state's children and their working parents. The briefing from Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota finds that low and modera ...Read More

PHOTO: As lawmakers debate various proposals for improving the access to and quality of early childhood education in Minnesota, advocates this week are celebrating the Week of the Young Child. Photo credit: davitydave/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - This is the Week of the Young Child in Minnesota, set aside to recognize the importance of quality early life experiences for all kids, which has has been a focus this year at the State Capitol. Karen Fogolin, associate director with Child Care Aware of Minnesota, says making su ...Read More

PHOTO: Education and nutrition leaders gathered in Indianapolis for a summit to explore ways districts can offer breakfast to more children in school. Photo courtesy of the USDA.

INDIANAPOLIS - A healthy breakfast has been shown to boost brain power, and Indiana is expanding efforts to ensure every student starts the day ready to learn. At a nutrition summit Wednesday in Indianapolis, teachers, administrators and food service directors brainstormed ways to get more kids to ...Read More

PHOTO: The White House’s immigration reform actions have been stalled by a challenge in federal court, but city and state officials in New York still are preparing for them to take effect. Photo credit: SEIU/CC.

NEW YORK - The White House's immigration-reform actions have been stalled by a challenge in federal court, but city and state officials in New York still are preparing for them to take effect. On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a task force to ...Read More

PHOTO: Better treatment of Idaho farmworkers and recognition of their importance in the food system are part of the National Farmworker Awareness campaign. Photo credit: Brian Prechtel, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

CALDWELL, Idaho - Farm-to-school programs and buying local food are popular trends in Idaho, and the route those foods take to get to the plate are being highlighted for National Farmworker Awareness - a spring campaign that coincides with crop planting. Migrant and seasonal workers are key for pla ...Read More

PHOTO: It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in Illinois and nationally. Photo credit: Chang Liu/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and health and education leaders in Illinois say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is ...Read More

PHOTO: Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting a bad grade on education in his second term. A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows 63 percent of New York voters disapprove of the way Cuomo is handling state schools, with 28 percent approving. Photo credit: MTA/CC

NEW YORK - Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting a bad grade on education in his second term. A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows 63 percent of New York voters disapprove of the way Cuomo is handling state schools, with 28 percent approving. The pollsters attribute the discontent to the governor's new ...Read More

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