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PNS Daily Newscast - May 14, 2021 


Backers of electric vehicles say southeastern gas shortage highlights need to diversify U.S. energy system; more than 40 attorneys general urge Facebook to stop plans to create kids' version of Instagram.


2021Talks - May 14, 2021 


People who've been vaccinated can ditch their masks; Biden says fuel shortages are only temporary; and Republicans press for ending federal pandemic unemployment payments.

Public News Service - PA: Early Childhood Education

Research shows unequal application of school discipline is due to different treatment, not different behavior by students. (MIA Studio/Adobe Stock)

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PHILADELPHIA -- A report to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission recommends banning exclusionary discipline for nonviolent offenses in Pennsylvania public schools. Monday will be the 67th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling found racial segregation in schools

Teachers said prioritizing vaccinations for school staff is essential to providing the best education for students and keeping the community safe. (David Gales/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The union representing more than 170,000 school employees is praising a new vaccination plan that will make returning to in-person instruction safer for school staff, students and communities. Pennsylvania's bipartisan COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force has approved a plan design

Advocates for public education in Pennsylvania say deep inequities between wealthy and poor school districts have had a disparate impact on Black and Latinx children. (Rido/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Public-education advocates have high praise for Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed education budget, but some believe the state could do more to meet its obligations to Pennsylvania's children. In his budget address, the governor proposed an additional $1.55 billion for education, and usin

The governor's proposal would allow about 3,270 additional children to enroll in high-quality early learning programs. (Christin Lola/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed increasing Basic Education Funding by more than 21% in the coming fiscal year. The governor's proposal would raise Basic Ed funding by more than $1.3 billion and distribute it through the state's fair funding formula, to help school districts with the g

The guidelines use public health data to determine if Pennsylvania schools should have in-person or online instruction. (tanaonte/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania schools have new, science-based metrics to guide them in deciding whether they should open for classroom instruction. The recommendations, issued Monday by the state departments of Health and Education, use weekly rates of COVID infection by population and percent of

School reopening guidance includes best practices for social distancing, face masks and cleaning classrooms. (ShunTerra/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania schools will begin reopening soon and advocates for children say there's a lot to consider for the quality of education as well as the safety of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has issued guidance for school reopening, but with the deadline closing

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

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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

One priority parents mentioned in the education poll is the need to close the digital divide, to ensure students have access to computers and the internet. (shangarey/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- This is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and a new poll shows overwhelming approval of the way teachers, principals and school staff members are handling the pandemic. With schools closed by the COVID-19 crisis, educators have adapted by teaching from a distance, preparing gra

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