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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


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California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Thousands Across Michigan Rally for Education

May 24, 2010

LANSING, Mich. - Teachers, parents and school administrators are not taking state funding cuts sitting down. Thousands of them will rise up at 40 locations across the state today. The gatherings are part of a Michigan Education Association (MEA) initiative to highlight what it says are potential solutions to the funding crisis.

MEA spokesman Doug Pratt says the status quo for funding has not worked for years.

"Educators, parents, students, community leaders - they're fed up with the 'cuts-only' mentality that we've experienced here in Michigan for the last decade. We need to invest in education in order for this state to succeed."

Pratt says legislators continue to choose cutting teachers' pay and benefits in order to fill funding gaps. He says that amounts to taxing educators to do their jobs, when there are other approaches.

"Looking at auditing government contracts; closing tax loopholes and incentives that don't create jobs; expanding the sales tax to luxury items and some services; looking at a graduated income tax - those are solutions that are both reforms and produce revenue."

Some state lawmakers say residents and businesses cannot afford tax increases.

In three years, Michigan has fallen from eighth to 22nd among the states in per-pupil funding.


Amy Miller/Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MI