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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - CA: Education

California schools serve 1.4 million students who are English-language learners every year. (Andy Dean/Adobe Stock)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One in four public-school students in California is an English learner, and now programs to help them become more fluent will receive funding to the tune of $10 million. The Newsom administration has agreed to add those funds to the current budget - and lawmakers will th

Studies show that the presence of African-American male teachers in schools improves graduation rates for their black male students. (Shaitra Ken)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A hearing today in Sacramento highlights ways educators can inspire more black male students to stay in school and achieve their dreams. The Assembly Select Committee on ending what's often called the "school-to-prison pipeline" is to meet today and hear from the team behind a

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

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