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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2018. 


Californian’s now facing a pair of wildfires; Also on the Tuesday rundown: Higher education in New Jersey: a racial split; plus food resources still available despite the “public charge” proposal.

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Public News Service - CA: Education

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

The Head Start preschool program is one of many programs that is federally funded and thus, is heavily dependent on an accurate census count. (Anita Peppers/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If we want to make sure kids count in policy making, we need to count kids effectively in the 2020 Census, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Billions of dollars in federal grants support programs such as Head Start preschool,

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed spending $120 million on a new online community college.(Fabienne/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to establish an entirely online California community college is set for a vote in a subcommittee of the state Assembly Wednesday, but many instructors say they are wary of the idea. The governor wants to spend $120 million now and $20 million

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget includes more than $26 million for home visits by health-care workers. (Children's Action Alliance)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown's new $131.7 billion budget is earning praise from children's advocates because of the investments it makes in supporting health and combating poverty. The budget includes $26.7 million for a voluntary pilot program to send community health workers to visit s

A new report shows that Asian and white children in California score significantly higher on measures of well-being compared to American Indian, Latino and African American kids. (Latino Outdoors)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California has improved child well-being significantly since 2014 - but still needs to shrink the severe racial disparities that persist, according to a new report. The "2017 Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation comes out every three years and the la

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