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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Early Childhood Education

PHOTO: Focusing on the fallout from Chicago's 2013 school closings, a new documentary series is opening a dialogue about public education and equity in Illinois. Photo credit: Bill Healy.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A new documentary series is opening a dialogue about public education and equity in Illinois. Focusing on the fallout from Chicago's historic closing of 49 public schools in 2013, "The School Project" examines the issues affecting the schools now, and gives a voice to parents and ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton is sharing more details about his pledge to create a "state of educational excellence," which advocates say must include expanding access to quality early childhood programs. Photo credit: Chris Parfitt/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton has vowed to make Minnesota a "state of educational excellence," and more than 800 leaders and advocates for children and youth will gather in St. Paul today to discuss ways to do that. An educated workforce is vital to the state's economic future, said Denise May ...Read More

PHOTO: More Michigan kids are getting the nutrition they need to fuel their minds and bodies at school thanks to a federal program that first was piloted in the state and now is available nationwide. Photo credit: alvimann/

LANSING, Mich. - There really is such a thing as a free lunch, as well as a free breakfast, and more low-income Michigan kids are getting just that thanks to a federal program that's helping to ensure fewer kids go hungry while reducing red tape for parents and schools. According to the latest dat ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a $100 million expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, which would increase the number of eligible families from 38,000 to 130,000. Photo courtesy Gov. Dayton's office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some help with covering the cost of child care could be coming for many of Minnesota's middle-class working families. A proposal unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton would expand the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to extend eligibility to 92,000 more families. Among the supp ...Read More

PHOTO: The New Mexico Legislature's annual session opens today, and limiting class sizes in public schools is among the many issues on the docket for the lawmakers. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Limiting class sizes in public schools is among the many issues New Mexico lawmakers will consider during this year's legislative session, which opens Tuesday. Lawmakers will consider House Joint Resolution 2, which could lead to a ballot measure amending the state constitution. Th ...Read More

PHOTO: Besides the next two-year budget, Indiana lawmakers are expected to discuss ways to improve education in the state as the 2015 Indiana General Assembly begins this week. Photo credit: K. Connors/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Besides the state's biennial budget, education tops the agenda for Indiana lawmakers as they begin the new legislative session Tuesday. Justin Ohlemiller, executive director of Stand for Children Indiana, says improving school funding is an important matter given the state's $2 billi ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for early learning say it will be tough, but Washington legislators can find ways to raise enough funds to pay for higher-quality child care and preschool programs as well as court-mandated K-through-12 improvements. Photo credit: shock/

SEATTLE - One big challenge for the 2015 Legislature is how to find the funding to improve K-through-12 education under a court order. Advocates for early learning say better funding for child care and preschool should be part of that. In Olympia, the "Early Start Act" made it through the House las ...Read More

PHOTO: Training of educators to spot signs of potential child abuse is not mandated in Kentucky. Lawmakers will be asked to change that during their 2015 legislative session. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Educators in Kentucky are required to report child abuse, but unlike other professionals who regularly interact with kids, state law does not ensure that teachers are trained on how to spot the problem. State lawmakers, who return to Frankfort next week, will be asked to change that ...Read More

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