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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - MA: Education

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal budget includes additional education spending, but not enough for many education activists. (Mass.gov)

BOSTON – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday unveiled his proposed budget with a focus on education spending along with a companion bill. But school activists are pushing for significantly more funding. The 2020 fiscal budget includes more than $200 million in new state aid to ed

UMass Amherst Student Government Association President Timmy Sullivan speaks at the Fund Our Future Campaign rally at the Massachusetts Statehouse. (Massachusetts Teachers Assn.)

BOSTON – At a rally at the State House this week, a coalition announced its plans for new legislation to ensure more funding for public schools and colleges. The Fund Our Future coalition says schools have been under-funded for years, and wants the Massachusetts Legislature to increase the p

Some lower-income students would rather skip lunch than go to the cafeteria and be lectured or denied a hot meal because their parents owe the school money. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

BOSTON – A cold sandwich is what students may get instead of the hot lunch they wanted at some Massachusetts public schools. They often are humiliated, sometimes to tears, when denied their lunch, and some are even confronted about their parents' debt by cafeteria workers. State Sen. Cynthia

As many as 1 in 10 current or recent college students face homelessness as they struggle to pay student debt and living expenses, research shows. (andrew_t8/Pixabay)

BOSTON – Studying while hungry – many college students struggle to get enough to eat because they lack money to buy food. At Worcester State University on Friday, educators and policymakers floated solutions at the Voices of Hunger conference. Research from Temple University found ab

Almost two-thirds of Massachusetts college students graduate with student loan debt. (Pixabay)

BOSTON – A bill to protect student-loan borrowers from deceptive loan-servicing companies has cleared the state Senate. Almost two-thirds of undergraduate students in the Bay State finish college with an average of nearly $30,000 of student loan debt. That's a 75 percent increase since 2004.

Massachusetts educators say standardized testing is putting increasing pressure on students.<br />(Alberto G./Flickr)

BOSTON -- New research seems to suggest what many Bay State educators have been saying for a while: the time spent preparing students for testing can degrade the overall quality of teaching. A new study, that includes two unidentified Massachusetts school districts, found when tougher tests were us

Some in Massachusetts are protesting the potential effects of $5.5 trillion in tax cuts proposed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. (C. Harrison)

BOSTON – Boston kicked off this weekend with protests of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's budget resolution. It calls for $5.5 trillion in tax cuts and is expected to reach the House floor by early October. Among those speaking out in opposition to the Ryan plan is Michael Kane, executive di

Parents and educators who are concerned about high-stakes testing are expected to give their side to lawmakers at a hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) in Boston. (Pinterest)

BOSTON -- Educators, parents and others concerned about public education will be testifying before legislators Tuesday to show their support for a measure to curb high-stakes testing and increase investment in public schools. The measure before lawmakers is being called "an act strengthening and i

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