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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


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Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - CA: Education

A volunteer with Save The Children hands out school supplies in California as part of the RISE initiative. (Shawn Millsaps/Save the Children)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Before the pandemic, one in five children in California lived with hunger. Now, it's one in four, so the media company Discovery, Inc. is partnering with nonprofits to feed millions of kids and make sure their basic needs are met. Alexa Verveer, executive vice president of pub

Nationally, about a quarter of Latinos earn an associate's degree or higher, compared with about half of Whites. (JuanMonino/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Smithsonian Institution in Washington is working to recruit a new generation of Latino docents and curators, so they can help tell their community's stories. The museum will open its new Molina Family Latino Gallery next year. Smithsonian Latino Center executive director E

This fall, the State of California is set to release a master plan to address the lack of affordable, quality child care in the state. (lordn/Adobe Stock)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The child-care crunch in California is real, and advocates for families are pressing the state to make quality a priority, in addition to quantity. This fall, Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to release a long-awaited master plan for quality early care and education. Ted Lempert, pre

Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga takes part in a program for incarcerated men and women to earn college degrees. (Chaffey College)

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- Just like traditional colleges, California's education programs for people in prison have had to make huge changes in the wake of the pandemic, even as Congress decides whether to make permanent the program that sustains them. Robert Rundquist, interim dean of institutio

Advocates for public schools say federal CARES Act funding should favor low-income public schools over private institutions. (Shaitra Ken)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California, four other states and Washington, D.C., are suing to stop the federal government from siphoning off coronavirus aid meant for low-income schools and sending it to private and religious schools. Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued an interim final r

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

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