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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - PA: Education

Many workers on the front lines of the COVID pandemic are Career and Technical Education graduates. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- During the pandemic, frontline workers have shown the importance of career and technical education, and a new report outlines how Pennsylvania can become a national leader in the field. While school closures and remote learning are challenging for all students, the impact on th

A new guide says schools need to ensure that all remote learners have full-day access to a computer and reliable internet service. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA -- Parents and students struggling to understand how their right to an education is affected by the COVID pandemic can find answers in an online back-to-school guide. The guide, compiled by the Education Law Center, makes the point that, despite the unprecedented challenges facing sch

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

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