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PNS Daily Newscast - December 18, 2018 


Senate reports detail Russian influence via social media on the 2016 election. Also on Tuesday's rundown: North Carolina jurors reject the death penalty for a second consecutive year; and Medicaid expansion proves important to rural Kentuckians.

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Public News Service - PA: Education

Without surrogate parents, a young person who is unaccompanied and homeless cannot enforce their right to educational services. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Students with disabilities who are homeless in Pennsylvania have won an important victory. Following an investigation into the plights of two students in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has been ordered to issue specific guidance to all school districts

About 33 percent of Pennsylvania's foster-care population is age 14 or older. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania could do more to prepare young people in foster care for adulthood - but Allegheny County is making real progress. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed that young people transitioning out of foster care lag behind their peers in several key areas. Ma

Pennsylvania’s high school graduation rate of 86 percent is above the national average. (greymatters/Pixabay)

HARRSIBURG, Pa. — This is American Education Week, a chance to celebrate public schools and recognize the valuable work of all those who contribute to children's education. American Education Week has been celebrated nationally every year since 1921. Rich Askey, vice president of the Pennsyl

Since 2009, special-education costs in Pennsylvania have risen by $1.54 billion, but state funding has increased only $72 million. (ernestoeslava/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Local school districts are picking up more and more of the costs of special education as state funding lags, according to a new report. On average, the Education Law Center report said, the share of special-education funding that comes from local districts grew by 9 percent ove

Pennsylvania's Early Intervention Services can help identify and overcome learning problems before children start preschool, but not all parents are aware of the program. (rbalouria/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania children at risk of falling behind their peers in preschool and kindergarten can get help to prepare them for school. Early childhood education can give children a huge boost, educators say, but those with physical or developmental disabilities, who are homeless o

Nearly one of every six Pennsylvania children is at risk of being overlooked as people are counted for the 2020 Census. (Bess-Hamiti/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The latest figures on the well-being of children show Pennsylvania ranks 17th in the nation, but children's advocates fear trouble ahead. In the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Keystone State showed improvement in eight of 16 categories covering ec

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

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