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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - PA: Early Childhood Education

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 publicdomainpictures.net.

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

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State funding for pre-K in Pennsylvania sits in the top ten among all states, but a new report says the dollar signs are headed in the wrong direction. The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University is out with its State of Pre-School Study. Dir

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A face-off is taking shape over school vouchers in Pennsylvania. On one side are state lawmakers who claim vouchers would help low-income parents get their children out of failing schools and into a school of their choice. On the other side are those who say the idea amounts to aba

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