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PNS Daily Newscast - May 21 , 2019 


The DOJ says former White House counsel Don McGahn does not have to testify. Also, on our Tuesday rundown: “Stop the Bans” protests over extreme abortion laws; education a hot topic in the Bay State and guess how many adults have tried marijuana?

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Read On Arizona is sponsoring a multi-site, three-year collaboration called the Acceleration Zone Project to speed up the rate of literacy among young students entering school.  (MohdHafiaz/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX – Read On Arizona, the state's program to provide students with basic literacy skills by the third grade, is looking to accelerate the process. In 2018, the program created the Acceleration Zone Project in various cities and school districts to focus on effective, equitable and accel

Arizona preschool advocates say a significant number of programs around the state have improved quality rankings over the past five years. (OksanaKosmina/Adobe)

PHOENIX — A national report out this week gives Arizona preschool programs poor marks, based mainly on low enrollment numbers. But an Arizona-based advocacy group, First Things First, says the national report from Rutgers University doesn't look at all the factors that show where Arizona presc

A new program aims to get low-income Arizona families more involved in their children's education. (Twenty20)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A new grant program aims to close the "achievement gap" for low-income Arizona students by getting their families involved in their education. The goal is to break the generational cycle of poverty by improving a child's academic outcomes. The five-year program will establis

A study of Arizona third graders finds that students who live in poverty or attend rural schools face the biggest obstacle to attaining age-appropriate literacy. (smgu3/Twenty20)

PHOENIX — A study of literacy programs for Arizona third-graders found that children who live in poverty or attend rural schools are at a disadvantage in learning to read. The report evaluated how effective reading instruction programs were for third-grade students based on a number of key m

Read On Arizona has a 10-year goal of having all Arizona third-graders reading at a proficient level for their age. (KayP/Twenty20)

TEMPE, Ariz. – Education experts say when preschoolers can't read at an age-appropriate level, it can hamper their long-term success in the classroom. The program "Read On Arizona" aims to make sure every child in Arizona schools reads at the proper level by the time they finish third grade.

New research shows young children who spend time interacting with a parent or grandparent develop better life skills that those who just watch TV or digital devices. (ChrystalMarieSing/Twenty20)

PHOENIX — Child-development experts say allowing your toddler or preschooler too much time in front of the TV or digital devices can delay their development of critical life skills. Recent research published in the Pediatrics Journal of the American Medical Association recommended children 2

An eye examination from a pediatric ophthalmologist is a first step for parents of young children to determine any vision deficits. (NationalEyeInstitute/NIH)

PHOENIX – The ability to see clearly is critical for young children, particularly when they're learning to read. The nonprofit Eyes on Learning Vision Coalition aims to have all preschool-age children in Arizona screened for vision problems and for those needing it, to receive an eye exam an

A new study shows young people who age out of foster care often still need help and support as they make major life choices. (Sandhaya/Freestock)

PHOENIX - A study out this week looks at challenges faced by foster children in Arizona and across the country, when they turn 18 and "age out" of the system. The Annie E. Casey Foundation data found that overall, young people transitioning from foster care are falling behind others in completing h

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