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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 - MI: Education

Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition and poor decoding abilities. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- It's estimated that at least 108,000 Michigan children have dyslexia, and there's a new effort to help these students learn how to "crack the code" and become proficient readers. Four bills have been introduced in the Michigan Senate to better prepare teachers to understand the c

Sex education covers healthy relationships, body autonomy, consent, hygiene and elements of social/emotional learning. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Virtual learning could prove to be a benefit for teaching Michigan kids about sexual health. The Michigan Department of Education worked this summer on a series of sex-education webinars for educators. Brittany Batell, program and engagement manager for the Michigan Organization

School support staff are sometimes not granted the same workplace protections as other educators. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- As Michigan celebrates the American worker over the Labor Day weekend, some of those who support K-12 learning say their contributions are being taken for granted. There are thousands of paraprofessionals, food-service workers, school nurses and secretaries throughout Michigan, a

Some Michigan students lack the technology needed at home for distance learning. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's new MI Safe Schools Roadmap is providing a clearer picture of what districts can expect in the fall, but Michigan educators still are facing a good deal of uncertainty. As a middle-school teacher in Crawford County, Craig Hofman sees funding as a major con

Some analysts contend Michigan lawmakers need to address unresolved funding issues after the winter recess. (Phillip Hofmeister/Wikimedia)

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan heads into 2020 with a months-long budget impasse behind it, but some analysts contend unresolved funding issues still need attention. Recently signed supplemental spending bills restored budget dollars from K-12 and higher education, public safety and rural health care.

Michigan state legislators have been unwilling to make the tough choice to raise taxes to boost much-needed revenues. (Adobe stock)

LANSING, Mich. – As the Michigan Legislature continues to negotiate the state budget Thursday, lawmakers are being urged to address the need to create revenue to tackle shortfalls in areas such as infrastructure and education. In fiscal year 2019, Michigan had less money coming into its coff

Vaping fluid marketed to teens comes in flavors such as mango, mint, cotton candy and gummy bear. (Zamuruev/Adobestock)

LANSING, Mich. – Public health groups are applauding a first-in-the-nation move by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in order to curb teen use of e-cigarettes. Statistics show that from 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use spiked 78% among high school st

Nationwide, almost 300,000 students grades K through 12 attend school entirely online. (Jdurham/Morguefile)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Thousands of K-thru-12 students in Michigan never set foot on campus – they take all their classes online via two virtual charter schools. But some new policy briefs give virtual charter schools overall a failing grade. Researchers with the National Education Poli

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