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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 


    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

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PHOTO: Today is International Stand Up to Bullying Day. The observance comes on the heels of a recent study that shows bullying is seen as more of a problem for youth today than ever. Photo credit: Emily Kidd2012/Flickr Creative Commons.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As some Ohioans observe today's International Stand Up to Bullying Day, a recent survey finds the majority of adults believe bullying is more prevalent than ever. The poll was released by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environmen ...Read More

PHOTO: Faculty and students will protest on college campuses today for National Adjunct Walkout Day. A San Jose State University professor created the event as a way to bring attention to the growing number of part-time college-level instructors. Photo courtesy of San Jose State University.
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Part-time college instructors across the state are uniting for better pay and greater job security. The rallies held on this first National Adjunct Walkout Day are designed to bring attention to the growing number of temporary, part-time instructors, often called adjuncts. Larissa Dorman, an adjunc ...Read More

PHOTO: A new measuring tool from the U.S. Census Bureau shows great progress has been made in reducing child poverty rates in Montana. Photo credit: correualbana/Pixabay.com.

MISSOULA, Mont. - There's been a makeover in how to measure poverty in the U.S. and it shows there's been great progress in Montana. In fact, there are 39,000 fewer children in poverty than previously thought according to a report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Thale Dillon, dir ...Read More

PHOTO: On College Goal Sunday, Indiana students and their families can get free assistance filling out the FAFSA form, which is necessary to be considered for grants, scholarships and student loans. Image credit:ArenaCreative - Fotolia.com

INDIANAPOLIS — This weekend, financial aid experts are lending a hand to Indiana's college-bound students. During College Goal Sunday, volunteers at three dozen sites statewide will help students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Statewide coord ...Read More

Photo: Cesar Bautista has lived in Tennessee since he was 8 years old and now joins other immigrants in advocating for in-state tuition. (Pictured here with Congressman Jim Cooper who has spoken out in support of immigration reform. (5th District-D). Photo credit: Bautista

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After the State Capitol thaws out from the snow and ice, one bill lawmakers are expected to take up this session is legislation (SB0612/HB0675) that would allow undocumented students who graduate from a Tennessee high school to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and uni ...Read More

PHOTO: Project Breadís Chef Vanessa LaBranche with students is part of the outreach that is moving the Commonwealth out of the basement when it comes to participation in school breakfast. Courtesy: Project Bread

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education now says instruction provided during the breakfast period can be included in structured learning time, and child nutrition advocates say the decision could turn things around when it comes to reaching low-income children wi ...Read More

PHOTO: Arkansas is a success story for serving breakfast at school to low-income students. "Grab-and go" options help serve more meals to more kids. Photo courtesy of USDA.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas is on the honor roll when it comes to serving school breakfast to low-income students. The School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center ranks Arkansas 10th best for serving first meals to nearly 170,000 children. FRAC President Jim Weill ...Read More

PHOTO: Professor, author, and cultural critic Marc Lamont Hill will deliver the keynote address tomorrow in a celebration of Black History Month on the UW-Madison campus. The award-winning activist, journalist and TV host will talk about what he observed in Ferguson, Mo., several months ago. Photo credit: BET.

MADISON, Wis. - Marc Lamont Hill, a host on HuffPost Live and BET news and a CNN political contributor, will give the keynote address Thursday at the Black History Month observation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hill reported from Ferguson, Mo., last summer in the aftermath of the police ...Read More

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