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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


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Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - OH: Education

One in four school-age children is affected by vision problems, which in turn can affect everything from self-esteem to academic outcomes. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The shift to virtual and blended learning to reduce the spread of COVID-19 could have an unintended consequence for children's vision. Chief Eye Care Officer with UnitedHealthcare Dr. Scott Edmonds explained the increased screen time raises the risk of digital eye strain and possi

Grab-and-go meals have been helpful in expanding the reach of traditional school nutrition programs during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Hunger-fighting groups in Ohio and other states are asking Congress to extend waivers that are helping to feed children as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. Roughly half of Ohio school districts are starting fall classes either fully or partially remote, which makes it more diff

About 35% of Ohio K-12 public schools plan to start fall classes in-person, five days a week. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- School districts in Ohio are entering uncharted territory as they prepare for the start of a new school year. Elected leaders are hearing calls to provide adequate support to ensure that schools can meet the challenges of educating during a pandemic. In June's state budget cuts, O

The entrance to Ohio State University's student union celebrates the school's founding. (AdobeStock)

Print version by Caitlin Hunt Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Eye on Ohio, The Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism-Ohio News Connection Collaboration This story was funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Growing up in Cleveland, Chero

Ohio schools are awaiting state guidance on safety protocols for re-opening. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- What will learning look like in the fall? That's still a question without a definitive answer in Ohio as districts adjust to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a high school teacher in a rural northwest Ohio community, Holly Kimpon, president of the Genoa Area

High-speed internet has become a lifeline for older Ohioans who need access to telehealth services during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is a step closer to creating a program to help more Ohioans get online. In Ohio, 1 million people lack reliable internet connection, and 300,000 households have no internet options. To Delaware County area Representative Rick Carfagna, that's unacceptable. He called high-spee

Child-nutrition programs in Ohio serve more than 1 million meals daily across more than 3,000 sites. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio schools will begin their coronavirus shutdown later today, and local and state agencies and organizations are mobilizing quickly to ensure children in need don't go hungry. There are hundreds of thousands of K-12 students who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school, an

Ohio would need to double the number of black students in high school advanced-placement classes to ensure fair representation, according to new research. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Despite their ability to succeed at advanced coursework, new research shows, black and Latino students in Ohio and other states often are locked out of opportunities for advanced learning. The report from the Education Trust examined the underlying causes of the disparities and fou

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