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PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 


Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - PA: Early Childhood Education

The budget agreement adds $25 million for pre-Kindergarten programs and $4.77 million for Head Start. (Gov. Tom Wolf)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The budget agreement passed by Pennsylvania's General Assembly gives a big boost to early childhood education. The bipartisan spending plan adds $25 million for the state's Pre-K Counts program, and almost $5 million for Head Start. Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylv

Investing in pre-K raises graduation rates, reduces crime and saves tax dollars, according to a new report. (U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is continuing to invest in quality pre-K programs for at-risk kids, but a new report says there's still a long way to go. According to the report, pre-K lays a solid foundation for success in school and beyond, raising graduation rates, reducing special-ed plac

In Pennsylvania, 64 percent of children who are eligible for publicly funded Pre-K are not being served. (Chris Morgan/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A budget bill passed by the state House of Representatives on Tuesday falls far short of adequately funding Pre-K and child care, according to early learning advocates. In his budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf calls for a $75 million increase in funding for high quality Pre-K.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget increases basic education funding in Pennsylvania by $100 million. (Office of Gov. Tom Wolf)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf's budget is balanced through cuts and consolidation, but it calls for increased education funding. The $32.3 billion spending plan would attack looming budget deficits with more than two-billion dollars in cuts and efficiency measures. Deborah Gordon Klehr, di

In Pennsylvania, 74 percent of eligible children in suburban districts cannot access publicly funded pre-K. (Terren in Virginia/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A majority of eligible children in every Pennsylvania community misses out on the benefits of high quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten, according to a new report. The report by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children says about 70 percent of eligible children in rural

Schools in poor districts may lack basics such as adequate computer labs. (Tomasz_Mikolajczyk/pixabay.com)

PHILADELPHIA - A lawsuit claiming that state school funding levels violate the state constitution is set to go to court next month. Pennsylvania has the most inequitable school-funding system in the entire country. Although passage of the fair funding formula and a modest increase in state funding f

A Pennsylvania Senate vote on HB 1606 may be imminent. (Rlibrandi/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Education advocates are raising alarms over a bill in the state Senate they claim would take control of charter schools away from local school districts. Opponents say amendments to House Bill 1606 would allow charter schools to enroll new students, add grade levels and recruit st

Half of Pennsylvania school districts plan to reduce academic and extracurricular programs this fall. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state's largest union for teachers says passing the school-funding formula is a step in the right direction, but schools still need more money from the state. The new funding formula means districts with higher needs will get a bigger share of the education money. But Jerry

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