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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2019 


Iran threatens to exceed the uranium enrichment limit agreed to under a 2015 nuclear deal. Also on today's rundown: More results of a new report on children's well-being; and a North Carolina Jewish congregation returns to its synagogue after sharing a local church.

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Public News Service - CA: Education

A new study shows that teachers continue to leave the profession faster than they can be replaced. (szepy/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In California and across the nation, districts are struggling to hire enough teachers. And the shortage is getting worse, according to a new report. There remains a supply gap of about 110,000 teachers nationwide as of last school year, primarily because more teachers ar

California could join the 30 other states that require periodic re-evaluation of state tax credits. (Karen Roach/AdobeStock)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Education groups are calling for more sunshine in the Golden State, with a bill that demands greater accountability for the billions of dollars of tax breaks California gives to commercial interests. Senate Bill 468 would sunset many business tax credits by 2023 and require tha

Hundreds of thousands of animals are dissected each year in California schools, which have 6.2 million students in K-12. (Evan Amos/Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California could become the first state in the nation to ban the dissection of animals in K-12 schools if a bill just introduced in the state Legislature were to pass. Assembly Bill 1586, called the Replacing Animals in Science Education (or RAISE) Act would encourage sc

A new report calls for more child-centered policies, including additional educational supports for foster children. (WallyIR/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California's children and young adults could benefit from a “Pro-Kid Agenda” during the new administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom, according to a new report just out from the nonprofit group Children Now. The agenda lays out steps the state could take to improv

Black students make up 6 percent of college-age students in California, but only 3 percent at selective public colleges. (ACTaylorJr/Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's most selective public colleges still admit far too few black and Latino students, according to a new report out today. Researchers at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that six out of 100 college-age students in California

Until now, the California State Teachers Retirement System had just over $12 million invested with private prison companies. (Public Domain Pictures/Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Teachers' groups are praising a decision by their pension fund to eliminate its stock holdings in private prison companies. The California State Teachers Retirement System announced on Thursday that it will divest completely from investments in private prison companies w

Disneyland and Universal Studios are among the large companies that benefit from California's Prop 13, paying pre-1978 tax rates on some of their properties. (Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Backers of commercial property tax reform have just submitted 860,000 signatures to county registrars for an initiative on the November 2020 ballot. The "Schools and Communities First" ballot measure would require commercial property owners who benefit from Prop 13's pro

Hector Chao has been an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, helping Californians file their tax returns since 2004.(AARP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The AARP Foundation is recruiting volunteers now for its highly successful and popular Tax-Aide program, which offers free tax-preparation services each spring. The program, now in its fifty-first year, has helped more than 68 million people file their taxes since its in

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