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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - PA: Disabilities

A bill before Congress would establish state grants to improve accessibility for registration, absentee voting and voting in person. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a bill has been introduced in Congress to expand voting rights for people with disabilities and older Americans. Some 18 million Americans 65 and older need some assistance with daily living, one of ev

Teachers say without adequate funding, reopening schools will put teachers, students and their families at risk. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania schools are scheduled to reopen on August 17, but teachers are concerned the planning and funding needed to reopen with the COVID pandemic still in progress simply aren't there. A recent analysis by school officials said it could cost the average size school distric

Even with schools closed, the law says all students should have access to the educational services they need. (GAYSORN/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - A new series of fliers is available to help inform parents and children about their rights to educational services while schools are closed by the COVID-19 pandemic. School buildings may be closed, but all children in Pennsylvania still are entitled to a quality public education. Th

Keeping in touch with loved ones through text or video chats can help fight feelings of isolation. (ulza/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With social distancing taking hold across Pennsylvania, family caregivers and those they care for can find help to stay safe and healthy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered residents of seven counties to stay home for the next two weeks. There a

Since 2008, the state share of special-ed costs has declined from 32% to less than 25%. (Olesia Bilkei/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf has received a request for $100 million more for students with disabilities. More than 40 organizations and individuals have signed onto a letter asking the governor to increase state funding for special education in his budget for the coming fiscal year. Accordin

A lawsuit filed against the Glen Mills School says children were subject to physical and emotional abuse, medical neglect and lack of education. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A class-action lawsuit charging abuse and inadequate education at a juvenile detention facility in Delaware County will be allowed to proceed. The ruling issued by a federal court on Friday means virtually all the claims against the Glen Mills School and state officials responsible

HB 1800 allows private/religious schools to exclude students with special needs. (JuanCi Studio/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Education advocates say a new school voucher bill would drain district resources and allow discrimination against students with special needs. House Bill 1800 would provide tuition vouchers worth up to $8,200 to students in the financially struggling Harrisburg school distric

Updating the special-education funding formula would help districts with higher proportions of disadvantaged students. (GAYSORN/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The proportion of state funding for special education has been falling for more than ten years, but a new report suggests a simple fix could begin to restore equity to the system. In 2008, the state paid one-third of the cost of special ed, but that has since fallen to only

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