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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - NM: Education

As the result of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of New Mexico children without health insurance continued to drop in 2018, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Victoria_Borodinova/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A yearly report that looks at indicators of child well-being shows New Mexico in last place among the 50 states, but there is some good news. Improvement was noted in more than half the categories tracked by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The group's "Kids Count Data Book" loo

The CARES Act provided $13.5 billion to the nation's public education system, but educators say a larger installment for public school systems is needed. (Lihuihuiycg/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - School teachers in New Mexico are calling on the federal government to step up funding for state and local governments due to the coronavirus pandemic, noting that budget shortfalls could force layoffs of teachers and other essential school workers. Stephanie Ly, president of t

With New Mexico schools closed for three weeks starting today, the state is keeping cafeterias open to feed kids, organizing grab-and-go meals and working with the National Guard to help distribute student meals. (Pixabay/Wokandapix)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, many of the country's largest public school districts have closed. And those who fight hunger worry the nation's health crisis could be compounded by a hunger crisis. A 2019 report ranked New Mexico first in the nation

Albuquerque, a self-identified

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A memo will soon go out to principals in New Mexico's largest public school district, reminding them about the district's policy on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The Albuquerque school district has the most kids in the state, and its policy prohibits f

In New Mexico, there were 466 teachers on alternative licenses in 2014, compared to 2,352 this year, according the state Public Education Department. (ernestoeslava/Pixabay)

ESPANOLA, N.M. -- From the governor on down, everyone agrees New Mexico's kids deserve qualified, effective teachers. But many classrooms aren't filled by teachers who are certified in the content area they're teaching. Preliminary results from a soon-to-be released report show 89 New Mexico schoo

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says the state's current budget surplus could allow tuition-free college for state residents, and that New Mexico should do everything it can to make student debt

SANTA FE, N.M. -- In a state highly reliant on revenues from oil and gas drilling to fund its budget, New Mexico's governor would like to ease that dependence by legalizing marijuana for recreational use. In her second State of the State address, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told legislators that pr

The health of today's children will be compromised by the effects of climate change, according to a November 2019 report by the science Journal, Lancet. (oceanservice.noaa.gov)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - One sixth-grader on New Mexico's Navajo Nation Indian reservation says living in an area where drought has been common most of his life has made him eager to participate in a program that encourages students to find adaptive solutions to climate change. This weekend, Radford As

New Mexico is not adequately providing opportunity for children of color, who make up 75% of the state's child population, according to New Mexico Voices for Children. (sonamabcd/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- There is positive news for children in the annual data book released Wednesday by New Mexico Voices for Children. But the children's advocacy group says significant improvements still are needed. The data book tracks child well-being from one year to the next, and found a sli

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