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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - FL: Education

Common Core standards provide benchmarks for what students should learn in math and English by the end of each grade. (stevepb/Pixabay)<br />

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to give teachers a bonus of more than $9,000 in the coming year. It's his second big education announcement, after an executive order last week to eliminate Common Core standards from Florida schools. The proposed bonus is welcome news for cash-st

Head Start and the expansion of state-funded programs since the 1990s have greatly increased access to preschool, according to Florida KIDS COUNT. (FeeLoona/Pixabay)

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TAMPA, Fla. – A new study shows kids who attend Pre-Kindergarten programs do better in reading, writing and math as they get older than those who weren't enrolled. The Duke University study tracked the progress of students who'd been in North Carolina's pre-school program and showed gains in

The Thompson Institute for Earth Systems was started in 2018 to advance communication and public understanding of current research discoveries about Earth's natural systems in Florida and beyond. (Joakant/Pixabay)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida's environment has been a topic that looms large for the state's residents and politicians this election cycle. Now, the Thompson Institute for Earth Systems at the University of Florida says it wants to make sure people are in the know about the latest environmental

Charter schools are public schools run by private organizations. About 1-in-10 Florida students attends a charter school. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A government watchdog group is calling Florida's growing system of privately run public charter schools "corrupt and wasteful," and wants policymakers to impose more rules on how charters spend their money. A new report from Integrity Florida, a nonprofit group seeking to

Organizers of the #FreeCollegeNow bus tour say Floridians have a combined total of almost $80 billion in student loan debt. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Adjunct or part-time professors from multiple states stop in Tampa today on their "#FreeCollegeNow" bus tour. The group is traveling through Florida cities asking voters to support political candidates who favor tuition-free college and student loan forgiveness. Organizer

Research prepared for the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University finds dramatic changes in enrollment, and court rulings and policy changes in recent decades have undercut desegregation efforts in Florida. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Studies, including the latest release of the KIDS COUNT Data Book by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, show students of color are more likely to live in poverty and have poor educational outcomes. But church and civic leaders say that can change if policymakers address educa

Haniya Shareef of Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce works on her research in a lab for the Regeneron Science Talent Search. (Haniya Shareef)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — While many high school students are still learning how to properly fold laundry, 40 of the smartest students in the nation are in Washington, D.C., this week to show off their achievements and compete in science and math. The Regeneron Science Talent Search is one of the

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs the new gun-control bill into law. (Trimmel Gomes)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Even though the National Rifle Association sued the state of Florida just after Gov. Rick Scott signed a new gun control bill Friday afternoon, parents of the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are calling on other states to follow Florida's lead. SB 7026 rai

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