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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - CA: Education

In two years, students will no longer need to submit their SAT or ACT scores when applying to the University of California system. (Charlie Nguyen/Flickr)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Advocates for fairness in higher education are praising the University of California system for dropping consideration of standardized achievement tests - the SAT and ACT - when making admissions decisions. And they're calling on the Cal State system to do the same. Late last

Gov. Gavin Newsom met Friday with legislative leaders to work on the budget. (Clarissa Resultan/CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Children's groups are speaking out against billions of dollars in state budget cuts being proposed in California, saying programs that benefit children should be a priority. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, California has taken a budget nosedive going from a $5.6 bill

California spent about $57 billion on K-12 schools and community colleges last year but now could be forced to cut $18 billion. (Melpomenem/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Education advocates are calling on the feds to step in and prevent huge cuts to K-12 schools and community colleges - as the state projects a $54 billion budget deficit. The coronavirus has forced the state to spend more even as tax revenues are falling. Jeff Freitas, presiden

Telehealth is expanding rapidly during the pandemic and may remain popular as the nation recovers. (jsba.mil)

SACRAMENO, Calif. -- The Legislature reconvenes this week, and children's advocates are speaking out in favor of a bill to facilitate telehealth during the COVID-19 recovery. AB 2007 would continue a federal policy instituted in response to the pandemic that lifted some restrictions limiting commu

Student leaders are asking California college administrators for help, including continued access to campus health services and assistance for students with disabilities. (Campaign for College Opportunity)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Student leaders are calling on college administrators to coordinate a COVID-19 plan to help students across the state. The California Students Higher Education Advocacy Roundtable, or 'HEART,' outlined its priorities in a letter this week to leaders of the University of Califo

The state has ordered a $375,000 audit of Calbright College. (Calbright)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Education groups are praising a unanimous decision by a legislative committee Wednesday to audit the state's first online community college, called Calbright College. Lawmakers expressed concern about transparency and duplication of current offerings. Jeff Freitas, president o

A new report says many young children in immigrant families are having a hard time in preschool, linking fear and distress to the current political climate. (Greg Gayne/Para Los Ninos)

LOS ANGELES – In California, 1.3 million children younger than age five may lose out on essential services because of a hostile immigration climate, according to a new report. Researchers from two children's advocacy groups found that the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policies and he

Workers at Antelope Valley Community College recently won a five-year battle with their community college district over work schedules and overtime pay. (Bob Riha)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A victory in court for workers at Antelope Valley Community College could have major statewide implications. Workers challenged a district decision to change their work schedules without having them vote on it as outlined in their contract. The Public Employment Relation

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