PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 

University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and the work-from-home trend could be a boon for people with disabilities.

2020Talks - May 26, 2020 

Monday was Memorial Day. More than 100,000 people in the five major U.S. territories are military veterans, but can't vote for commander-in-chief. Plus, Puerto Rico has a statehood referendum this November.

Public News Service - MA: Family/Father Issues

PHOTO: Starting this week, students in Massachusetts school districts will be field-testing a new computer-based assessment that may eventually replace the MCAS tests in math and English-language arts. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer/

BURLINGTON, Mass. - Pupils in all schools in Burlington and four schools in Revere will be taking a test this spring in which the test itself will be under the magnifying glass. It's a field test of a computer-based system known as PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Caree

PHOTO:  Tens of thousands of eligible Massachusetts kids are not taking advantage of federally-funded summer lunch programs. Hunger and nutrition advocates are laboring to get the word out as schools let out. Courtesy Operation Food Search.

BOSTON - Hunger doesn't take the summer off. That's the message in a new report that shows tens of thousands of low-income kids in Massachusetts aren't getting free lunches they're entitled to under government-run summer nutrition programs. During the 2011-2012 school year, over 270,000 children rec

GRAPHIC: Children  and adults  are urged to resist the tantalizing images on entertainment screens for one week, starting April 29th. Courtesy CCFC.

BOSTON - Today is the first day of Screen-Free Week, an annual effort by children's advocates to get kids free from the grip of electronic devices - if only for a few days. Started in 1996 as "TV Turnoff," it's now hosted by the Boston-based Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) and promoted

PHOTO: The Portland-Maine pipeline, shown here crossing Coos County, NH, is cited in a petition calling on the federal government to issue stricter regulations for transporting tar sands oil from Western Canada across New England and the Midwest.

BOSTON - More than 55 groups and individuals are petitioning the federal government to halt plans to pump corrosive tar-sands oil from Canada to American ports for export. Current regulations are inadequate, they say, and raise the risk of catastrophic spills. They're out to stop both the Keystone

BOSTON - Advocates for families with children who have intellectual or developmental disabilities say they are sad and disappointed with the budget proposed Wednesday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It contains $10 million less in family support than the House version. And it may mean some 2

BOSTON - Groups which advocate for people with disabilities across the Bay State say the more than $32 billion state budget plan Gov. Deval Patrick released last week could carry a great human cost if enacted. The budget would slash spending that supports thousands of persons with disabilities and

BOSTON - If today's teenagers seem to be all thumbs, it's due to an increase in sending text messages, according to a new study released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The study of teens ages 12 to 17 found that text messages sent and received on their cellular phones are now adolesc

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After months of Congressional debate about health care reform, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to take up Sen. Max Baucus' proposal on Tuesday. As legislation is crafted, First Lady Michelle Obama is challenging women to speak up about health care reform. Obama points out

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