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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - NC: Education

In the final stretch of the U.S. Census, North Carolina continues to lag behind the national self-response rate by 3.8 percentage points. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The 2020 Census count will be extended until October 31, this after a court ruling reversed the Trump administration's decision to end the national survey at the end of September. Census workers across North Carolina say the extra month will help ensure hard-to-reach households ar

After-school programs, school lunch assistance, special education, and classroom technology all receive federal funding based on U.S. Census data. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Census Bureau has announced it's wrapping up field operations a month earlier than previously planned, and critics say the move could have serious long-term consequences for North Carolina public schools. The census count determines how much federal education money the state

Reading at grade level is a key indicator of future academic success. (Adobe Stock)

SELMA, N.C. -- Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of North Carolina's eight-year-olds, especially those from low-income families, lagged in reading proficiency. A new online tool developed by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation shows how the state stacks up to national av

Crowdsourcing could play a key role in contact tracing as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- More people are showing interest in citizen science projects to help shed light on the novel coronavirus and the ways it spreads within communities. Calvin Cupini, citizen science manager for Clean Air Carolina, said crowd-sourcing projects have been a critical source of data on a

Immigrant college graduates in the class of 2020 missed traditional graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's first generation immigrant college grads have missed out on rite-of-passage graduation ceremonies, and many now are reflecting on their college experience and future job prospects. Uyen Nguyen, a first-generation immigrant from Vietnam and a graduate of Davidson C

More than 40 North Carolina legislators are cosponsoring a bill to permit school districts to allocate funds with greater flexibility as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- New legislation seeks to give more flexibility to North Carolina school districts in how they use state funding. More than 60% of the money public schools receive comes from the state, but state Rep. Brandon Lofton, D-Charlotte, said that because of strict rules in the way dollars

Socio-economic factors and family dynamics play a role in whether a child is well-prepared for kindergarten. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- This fall, North Carolina is expanding how teachers gauge children's development during their first few months of school. Advocates say the move could help school principals, superintendents and the state make better decisions about children's strengths, and also where they may ne

Health care and other essential workers are struggling to find child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

RARLEIGH, N.C. -- The issue of child care is at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic as essential workers continue to search for options following the closure of schools and child-care centers. Many hospitals have even stepped in to help their employees find child care. Tara Pruett

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