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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2019 


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Public News Service - MI: Education

Michigan lawmakers have about three months to reach agreement on the fiscal year 2020 budget.  (Brian Rawson-Ketchum/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – With the state budget process kicking into high gear, some policy groups are praising the governor's proposals to improve the lives of Michiganders. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's first executive budget recommendation totals $60.2 billion for fiscal year 2020, more than 3 percent h

Eight in ten African-American children in Michigan doesn't read proficiently by the end of third grade, according to a new report. (USAG-Humpreys/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – From cradle to career, a new report finds, children of color in Michigan face some tough barriers to educational success. The report from the Michigan League for Public Policy revealed that more than eight in 10 African-American students and two-thirds of Latino students aren

Michigan voters approved the School Aid Fund in 1994 to support K-12 education. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan children will be missing out on almost $1 billion in funding this school year, and a new report blames what it calls "state budgeting gimmicks." Voters approved the School Aid Fund more than two decades ago to support K-through-12 education. But research from the

Support for stricter gun laws has grown following the latest mass shooting. (davidpwhelan/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. — It's been eight days since 17 people were killed at a Florida high school, and today many Michiganders will rally at the Capitol to demand policy solutions to the problem of gun violence facing the nation. Since the beginning of 2017, dozens of bills that would either expand

State lawmakers in Michigan are stepping up their legislative response to the Nassar scandal. (Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – The case of disgraced former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar has prompted state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to look at funding, policy and structural changes to address the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The Progressive Women's Caucus thi

Doing chores is a typical piece of childhood learning many foster kids may not have experienced. (anitapeppers/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – While many discussions of the needs of foster children often focus on the very young, a new report looks at what adolescents in the system need to thrive. The Road to Adulthood report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation takes a look at ways caregivers and foster-care professi

Michigan ranks 41st in the nation for education, according to a new report. (kconnors/morguefile)

Lansing, Mich. — As Michigan continues to slide toward the bottom of the nation when it comes to education and child poverty, a new report offers a blueprint for policymakers to begin to turn things around. According to the 2017 Kids Count report, Michigan ranks 32nd in the country for overa

Racial barriers are robbing many Michigan kids of a traditional childhood and of future opportunities. (ladyheart/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is failing its children, according to a new report that finds all kids in the state struggling academically, and African-American children ranking worst in the nation on key indicators of health, economic security, education and community. The "2017 Race for Results

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