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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - MA: Education

Almost two-thirds of Massachusetts college students graduate with student loan debt. (Pixabay)

BOSTON – A bill to protect student-loan borrowers from deceptive loan-servicing companies has cleared the state Senate. Almost two-thirds of undergraduate students in the Bay State finish college with an average of nearly $30,000 of student loan debt. That's a 75 percent increase since 2004.

Massachusetts educators say standardized testing is putting increasing pressure on students.<br />(Alberto G./Flickr)

BOSTON -- New research seems to suggest what many Bay State educators have been saying for a while: the time spent preparing students for testing can degrade the overall quality of teaching. A new study, that includes two unidentified Massachusetts school districts, found when tougher tests were us

Some in Massachusetts are protesting the potential effects of $5.5 trillion in tax cuts proposed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. (C. Harrison)

BOSTON – Boston kicked off this weekend with protests of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's budget resolution. It calls for $5.5 trillion in tax cuts and is expected to reach the House floor by early October. Among those speaking out in opposition to the Ryan plan is Michael Kane, executive di

Parents and educators who are concerned about high-stakes testing are expected to give their side to lawmakers at a hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) in Boston. (Pinterest)

BOSTON -- Educators, parents and others concerned about public education will be testifying before legislators Tuesday to show their support for a measure to curb high-stakes testing and increase investment in public schools. The measure before lawmakers is being called "an act strengthening and i

High-quality public education and health care are two factors that place Massachusetts in the top three states nationwide for child well-being. (M. Clifford)

BOSTON – The kids are all right in the Bay State, according to a new report. The state ranks second in the nation for overall child well-being. The new Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book examines economic, education, health, family and community factors that affect kids. M

Expect Boston Common to be crowded on Saturday as students, educators and union members lead a rally calling for full funding of public education. (MassTeachers)

BOSTON – Students, parents, educators and community and union members will converge on Boston Common Saturday to demand full investment in public education. A driving force behind the rally is the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, which is calling on the state to invest $2 billion in

A national model program, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is being credited for a major drop in the number of young people being held in secure detention in Massachusetts. (Department of Youth Services)

BOSTON — The number of Bay State kids being held in secure detention while awaiting court dates has dropped by more than 50 percent over eight years, and local advocates credit a national initiative aimed at diverting young people from incarceration. According to Lynsey Heffernan, state coor

As GOP lawmakers unveil initial plans to replace Obamacare, a new report says billions of dollars in federal support to Massachusetts are at stake. (WHOI Community/Wikimedia)

BOSTON – GOP lawmakers are using this week's Congressional recess to provide some of the first details about how they plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. A new report says billions of dollars in federal support for the Commonwealth are at stake in this debate. The Massachusetts Budget a

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