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VP Pence backs Trump on getting kids back to school as U.S. coronavirus cases top 3 million; PA state lawmakers call for a "just" economic recovery.

2020Talks - July 9, 2020 


The Green Party nominating convention begins today. The Supreme Court makes its final rulings this week; today, the case is whether Trump's tax returns will be released.

Public News Service - MN: Education

An annual child well-being report says 25% of Minnesota kids ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, a rate well below the national average of 31%. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota gets another high ranking in a national report that measures the well-being of children, although this year's data was compiled before the pandemic, and concerns remain about longstanding gaps affecting children of color. The aecf.org.annual report from the Annie E Case

Minnesota's nearly 900,000 K-12 students have gotten their schooling mostly online since late March. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the rest of the school year, Minnesota students will have to learn remotely from their homes, as Gov. Tim Walz has extended school closures in response to the pandemic. Calling it a "heartbreaking" decision, Walz -- a former teacher -- says classrooms will not reopen at any

State education officials say the number of special education students in Minnesota gradually has increased over the years. The number now stands at roughly 150,000. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Teachers across Minnesota, including special education teachers, are overcoming obstacles to carry out distance learning during the global health crisis. But longstanding federal funding shortages present challenges for the current situation, as well as the future, educators

Census officials say they haven't pinpointed exact reasons as to why young children are undercounted, but they hope that issue doesn't arise in the 2020 count. (Adobe Stock)

MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- The nation is almost at a standstill as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, but that isn't stopping the 2020 Census from getting under way. In Minnesota, residents are being reminded to ensure all children are counted, even those in temporary situations. Minnesota has a strong r

Minnesota's government has a goal that by 2022, all businesses and homes will have access to high-speed broadband providing minimum download speeds of 25 megabits per second and minimum upload speeds of at least 3 mbps.(Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Starting Wednesday, Minnesota public schools will be closed for several days, and more people will work remotely because of coronavirus concerns. That has renewed calls for more broadband internet access in rural areas. The state recently announced additional investments to esta

In Minnesota, only a some teachers are required to receive suicide-prevention training. But a bill in the Legislature would expand that requirement to all teachers. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers, educators and industry experts are demanding a more robust support system for students struggling with mental health issues. A proposed bill in the state Legislature would expand the number of teachers who receive suicide-prevention training when they need to

Minnesota policymakers have long struggled with their approach in reducing achievement gaps in schools. (Adobe Stock)

ST PAUL, Minn. - Calling it a big first step, supporters of a proposed state constitutional amendment dealing with education equality say they're energized now that a bill has been introduced. Formal legislation was unveiled in the Minnesota House this week. The move follows a new campaign led by

According to state officials, 4 in 10 Minnesota public school students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch programs. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Groups in Minnesota concerned with fighting hunger are pressing state lawmakers to approve bills addressing the issue of "lunch-shaming" in schools and funding for mobile food-shelves. Those are the top priorities of the annual "Hunger Day on the Hill" at the State Capitol. Coll

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