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PNS Daily Newscast - November 12, 2019 


Bracing for an arctic blast, politics shows up during Veterans' Day, farm issues in Wisconsin, and a cleaver dog learns to talk some.

2020Talks - November 12, 2019 


65 years ago today, the federal government shut down Ellis Island; plus, former MA Gov. Deval Patrick might enter the Democratic primary race.

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Public News Service - PA: Education

Updating the special-education funding formula would help districts with higher proportions of disadvantaged students. (GAYSORN/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The proportion of state funding for special education has been falling for more than ten years, but a new report suggests a simple fix could begin to restore equity to the system. In 2008, the state paid one-third of the cost of special ed, but that has since fallen to only

Under pending legislation, classroom observations would count for 70% of a teacher's evaluation in public schools in the Commonwealth. (spass/Adobe Stock)<br />

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Classroom observations could soon play a much bigger role in the way Pennsylvania's public-school teachers' performance is evaluated. Under legislation now in the General Assembly, classroom observations and practice would account for 70% of teacher evaluations, while standa

Students in Pennsylvania cyber charters lose 103 days of learning in reading and 118 days of math compared with other students. (sakkmesterke/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new report says Pennsylvania is wasting $290 million on cyber charter schools each year. The report, from Education Voters of Pennsylvania, says cyber charters are paid based on what the districts pay per student in brick-and-mortar schools, not on the actual cost of educat

Experts say the undercount of children in the census has more than tripled since 1980. (Driftwood/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Counting every child will ensure that Pennsylvania gets the federal aid it needs. That's the message advocates for children are sending in the lead-up to the 2020 census. Federal funding for programs from health insurance to school aid depend on how many children are counted in th

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Artwork by students and educators is raising awareness of the history of the labor movement and its importance for the future. The Pennsylvania State Education Association, representing more than 180,000 teachers and school support staff, sponsors the biannual Fabric of Un

One study found that charter schools enroll fewer English-language learners and fewer special students who require high-cost services. (davit85/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Education advocates are praising the new regulations and legislation proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf to reform Pennsylvania charter schools. On Tuesday, the governor announced his plans to improve the financial accountability and academic performance of charters. According to Rey

More than 800 young people in foster care in Pennsylvania could be eligible for college tuition waivers at in-state schools when they go into effect next year. (f11photo/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new law gives young people in Pennsylvania's foster-care system a real chance to get a college education. Kids in foster care face obstacles to college that other students may not, especially as they age out of the system and begin living independently. But now, under the

In the 1940s, 40% of Pennsylvania jobs were in manufacturing. Now, only 8% are. (tarasylo/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new report documents the shift of manufacturing jobs away from Northeastern states as the manufacturing sector has shrunk overall. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce said in the 1940s, almost a quarter of all jobs were in manu

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