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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - PA: Education

The guidelines use public health data to determine if Pennsylvania schools should have in-person or online instruction. (tanaonte/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania schools have new, science-based metrics to guide them in deciding whether they should open for classroom instruction. The recommendations, issued Monday by the state departments of Health and Education, use weekly rates of COVID infection by population and percent of

School reopening guidance includes best practices for social distancing, face masks and cleaning classrooms. (ShunTerra/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania schools will begin reopening soon and advocates for children say there's a lot to consider for the quality of education as well as the safety of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has issued guidance for school reopening, but with the deadline closing

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

Pennsylvania's Democratic lawmakers say a

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- As Pennsylvania reopens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some state lawmakers are calling for action to ensure the economic recovery doesn't leave anyone behind. The pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption to the economy and threatened the welfare of everyone in t

Reopening Pennsylvania schools may include social distancing, wearing masks and enhanced cleaning of school buildings and buses. (davit85/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Educators are calling on Congress to provide emergency funding to help public schools closed by the COVID pandemic reopen safely. Schools in counties in the 'yellow' and 'green' phases of reopening soon will be resuming in-person instruction and activities. But the economic im

More than 1 in 10 Pennsylvania children lives in a high-poverty area. (kmiragaya/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- There has been some improvement in the well-being of Pennsylvania's children over the past year, but many still lack health insurance and live in poverty, according to a new report. The 2020 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the Keystone State has sli

Even with schools closed, the law says all students should have access to the educational services they need. (GAYSORN/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - A new series of fliers is available to help inform parents and children about their rights to educational services while schools are closed by the COVID-19 pandemic. School buildings may be closed, but all children in Pennsylvania still are entitled to a quality public education. Th

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

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