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Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 


Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Public News Service - PA: Early Childhood Education

Pennsylvania ranks 44th in the nation for state share of education funding. (Chlorophylle/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal includes more for schools, but education advocates say there's still a long way to go. The proposed budget includes a package of initiatives that add up to $435 million more in classroom spending. But that won't stop a pending lawsuit filed by the

In nearly 2 out of 3 state Senate districts, less than half of eligible preschoolers attend a high-quality pre-K program. (Manny DaCunha/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania has seen growth in its per-capita investment in high-quality pre-K, but other states still are doing more. The Keystone State has increased spending on pre-K by about $145 million over the past five years, but only 44% of eligible children are enrolled. The latest r

The poverty rate for early educators is almost twice that of Pennsylvania workers generally, and 13.6 times higher than other teachers. (PixieMe/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Investing in a "values-based" early child education system would serve 500,000 Pennsylvania children and employ 200,000 teachers, according to a new report. The new research from the Economic Policy Institute says efforts to expand access to early education have focused on affor

American Education Week is a celebration of the teachers and support professionals who make public schools work.  (WavebreakmediaMicro/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – This is the start of the 98th annual American Education Week, a time to celebrate the achievements of public education and acknowledge the contributions of all those who make a difference in students' lives. It's a week when teachers, parents and support professionals are r

Children who attend high quality pre-k are better prepared for kindergarten and make smoother transitions to elementary school, according to a new report. (liderina/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – More than 90% of Pennsylvania kindergarten teachers agree that high quality pre-k prepares children for school success, according to a new report. The Pre-K for PA campaign and the Pennsylvania State Education Association surveyed kindergarten teachers about the value that

Advocates for public schools in Pennsylvania say there's no data to show whether students receiving vouchers have improved academic outcomes. (smolaw11/AdobeStock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Expanding tax credits for private-school tuition will benefit the rich at the expense of public education, according to public-school advocates in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania House Education Committee this week voted to approve a $100 million increase for the Educati

Pennsylvania's Early Intervention Services can help identify and overcome learning problems before children start preschool, but not all parents are aware of the program. (rbalouria/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania children at risk of falling behind their peers in preschool and kindergarten can get help to prepare them for school. Early childhood education can give children a huge boost, educators say, but those with physical or developmental disabilities, who are homeless o

Nearly one of every six Pennsylvania children is at risk of being overlooked as people are counted for the 2020 Census. (Bess-Hamiti/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The latest figures on the well-being of children show Pennsylvania ranks 17th in the nation, but children's advocates fear trouble ahead. In the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Keystone State showed improvement in eight of 16 categories covering ec

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