PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 

Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 

While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - PA: Early Childhood Education

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether the state is meeting its constitutional requirement to provide a thorough and efficient system of public education. Credit: Ad Meskens/Wikipedia.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A lawsuit challenging state funding for public education is going to Pennsylvania's highest court. According to a coalition of parents, school districts and statewide organizations, the Pennsylvania Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional obligation to adequately a

According to a new report, Pennsylvania has the widest funding gap between rich and poor school districts in the country. Credit: Campaign for Fair Education Funding.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report from the Campaign for Fair Education Funding says a failure to restore state education funding and implement a new funding formula will only increase the achievement gap between rich and poor districts. The report says Pennsylvania must adopt Governor Tom Wolf's

GRAPHIC: Medicaid is 50 years old, and many are praising its impact on Pennsylvania children. Graphic courtesy Center on Budget Policies and Priorities.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children in Pennsylvania and around the nation is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Nearly half of Pennsylvania's children receive services though the healthcare program, created pri

PHOTO: As a hunger-fighting strategy, the number of children getting breakfast in school is rising, but the figures in Pennsylvania are rising very slowly, according to a new national report. Photo courtesy Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The number of kids getting breakfast at school has been rising nationally, but Pennsylvania has seen only a slight improvement. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center shows a small increase in the number of children in need who have breakfast at school - less than a

PHOTO: African-American and Latino children in Pennsylvania face major hurdles growing up, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo courtesy of Kids Count.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is falling far short when it comes to giving children of color the resources they need to succeed, according to a new study. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's "Race for Results" report compares how children of different races are faring in areas including reading and ma

A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows six out of ten Pennsylvania fourth-graders aren't reading proficiently.  Photo courtesy of

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Fourth-graders in Pennsylvania appear to be showing progress in reading skills, but not all students are benefiting. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveals that the percentage of fourth-grade students reading below proficiency levels dropped from 67 percent

Students heading back to school in PA are facing even bigger class sizes and fewer programs.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As summer draws to a close, roughly 1.7 million kids in Pennsylvania are getting ready to head back to school. What they're likely to find when they get there are bigger class sizes, fewer teachers and not as many programs as they used to have. At issue is what the Pennsylvania S

Pennsylvania Key estimates that there are approximately 730,000 children in Pennsylvania ages 5 and under, and that roughly 40 percent of them are considered low-income.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - When hundreds of early-childhood experts meet in the nation's capital this week, the issues they plan to discuss could help lay a stronger foundation of learning and success for children in Pennsylvania. The national meeting of the Build Initiative's "Quality Rating and Improvemen

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