PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 

It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 

Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - NY: Early Childhood Education

The House bill would no longer require states to link standardized test scores to teacher evaluations. Credit: Alberto G./

NEW YORK - Teachers are calling a House vote to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act a "long-overdue reset of federal education policy." The bill, now called the "Every Student Succeeds Act," passed with bipartisan support. According to Carl Korn, spokesperson for New York Stat

Educators say the benefits of quality pre-K programs can last a lifetime. Credit: Lochoaymca/Wikimedia Commons.

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Albany sends New York City far more money for pre-K than other parts of the state, and Nassau County wants its fair share. Last year the state spent $340 million dollars on pre-K, and all but $40 million went to the city. According to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos,

Helping parents help their young children makes a big difference in later years. Credit: Peter Merholz/Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK – Advocates say helping parents in distress help their kids can make a huge difference in the academic performance of those children in school. Parents who are recent immigrants or find themselves homeless are under a great deal of stress, and often have difficulty focusing on the ne

Good teacher training is considered fundamental to quality Pre-K programs. Credit: woodleywonderworks/

NEW YORK – It's quality that counts – that's what education advocates are saying about a recent study that found some children who attend Pre-K do worse by third grade. The study from Vanderbilt University found that children in Tennessee who went to Pre-K scored lower in second grade

Changing schools three or four times between preschool and fourth grade lowered math scores by 10 points. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/

NEW YORK – Children who change schools frequently start falling behind by the time they reach fourth grade, according to a study of low-income children. The study found that moving from school to school more than twice in the five years from Head Start preschool through third grade correlated

A new study finds that quality child care exceeds the cost of rent in most of the United States and is out of reach for working families. Credit: Anissa Thompson/

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The cost of quality child care exceeds the cost of rent for working families in most of the U.S., while the strongest disparities exist in parts of upstate New York, according to a new study. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds that child care costs more than rent i

Doctors say developmental screening should be part of every well-child visit. Credit:

NEW YORK - Many children are about to start school for the first time, but doctors say the key to successful learning may be found long before children enter a classroom. In the first years of life, according to pediatricians, children's brains develop at a remarkable rate, and developmental proble

Advocates say students in the US less than 2 years should be exempt from taking Common Core English tests. Photo credit: GaborfromHungary /

NEW YORK – More New York state third through eighth graders passed the Common Core standardized tests in both English and math this year, but not everyone is improving at the same rate. Over the last two years, a much smaller percentage of children with disabilities and those learning Englis

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