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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: Early Childhood Education

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

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)

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

The grant money will be used for a variety of programs, including more attention to maternal anxiety and depression. (Anneke/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Efforts to increase the number of children and families receiving high-quality services in Pennsylvania are getting a big boost from the Pritzker Children's Initiative. PCI has awarded a $1.5 million Prenatal-to-Age-Three Implementation grant to the Pennsylvania Partnerships for

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

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