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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


The GOP leadership puts their efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the land and water conservation fund.

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Public News Service - PA: Education

Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of the 50 states in per capita funding for higher education. (nikolayhg/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is near the bottom in per capita funding for higher education, but a bill now in the General Assembly could change that. If passed, the bill, called "PA Promise", would eliminate college tuition and fees for recent high school graduates from families with income

Poll results show Pennsylvanians recognize the importance of early childhood education. (dagon_/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As the legislature returns to hammer out a state budget, a new poll shows a sizable majority of voters are willing to pay more taxes to support publicly funded pre-K programs. The statewide poll, commissioned by the Pre-K for PA campaign, found that three out of four voters

Proposed cuts would take $2 billion from CHIP's contingency fund. (BioBarica/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Government Accountability Office says Congress can take back money that already has been appropriated for the Children's Health Insurance Program. The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal spending by $15 billion, with almost half coming from CHIP. Since the cuts w

The 2016 school funding formula only applies to funding increases, about 2 percent of the state education budget. (KokomoCole/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A lawsuit challenging the level and distribution of state funding for public education in Pennsylvania has moved a step closer to trial. On Monday, a panel of Commonwealth Court judges overruled several preliminary objections to the lawsuit, including one that claimed the p

Fifty-six percent of Pennsylvanians say the state invests too little money in public education. (michael_schueller/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvanians from both sides of the political aisle support full funding of public education, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center by the polling firm TargetSmart, found that almost six in ten respondents favor making

There are more than 270,000 children in special-education classes in Pennsylvania. (ernestoeslava/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two dozen disability-rights groups, child- and education-advocacy organizations have signed on to a letter asking lawmakers to increase funding for special education. The more than 270,000 students in special education in Pennsylvania are legally entitled to additional supp

Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for a severance tax on natural gas drilling and a $12 minimum wage. (DEZALB/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new analysis of Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget says it makes important progress in some key areas, but fails to meet many critical needs for the state. While the governor's budget increases spending by $1 billion, two-thirds of that increase is for mandatory expenditures

Some Pennsylvania educators told lawmakers this week that they don't believe adding police and armed personnel to schools will make them safer. (Lorie Shaull CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Adding police patrols and arming teachers won't make schools safer – that's the message some education advocates took to legislators on Thursday. The day after students walked out of classrooms across the country to demand safe schools and gun control, Pennsylvania's

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