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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 

A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.

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Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Today’s Lesson: Remember to Wear a Helmet in Colorado Schools

August 16, 2007

It’s back to school time, and the message to Colorado students is to study hard and be careful not to fall through the floor. That’s literally what happened in one rural Colorado school where old floorboards were caving in. It’s just one of many stories of neglect due to underfunding that House Speaker Andrew Romanoff has heard on his ongoing tour of schools around the state.

"I mean a lot of folks who have been running the state for a long time have tried to persuade Coloradans that they can have everything for nothing. The trouble is, there’s a price for delay. It’s like watching the engine rattle and turning up the radio, hoping that the noise will go away."

Romanoff toured schools in southeastern Colorado’s Crowley County this week. He notes that although each part of the state has its own unique concerns, he hears a lot of the same comments everywhere he visits.

"Folks say to us: ‘Our kids need access to high-quality pre-school and full-day kindergarten. Second, our kids need a top-flight teacher. Third, kids in Colorado deserve a safe and healthy place in which to learn."

"It seems to me, if we want genuinely world-class schools, if that’s not just a slogan or an applause line, we may have to rethink our assumptions at every single level."

He adds that includes looking at teacher retention strategies, improving curriculum and providing adequate funding for maintenance and capital improvements.

Romanoff expressed hope that the Legislature will address some of those concerns next year.

Eric Mack/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - CO