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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - PA: Education

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

The census needs to count everyone in every household, including infants and young children. (gregorydean/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Wednesday is Census Day, and despite the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Census is still happening. But children's advocates fear kids will be undercounted. The census is based on where you and your entire family live on April 1. In 2010, the census missed more than 25,000 Pennsy

The bill ensures that all school employees will continue to be paid while schools are closed. (Jazmine/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Legislation to protect students and adapt curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic has cleared the General Assembly. The closing of schools across the state to stop the spread of the coronavirus is having an unprecedented impact on Pennsylvania's public-school system. Chris Lili

About 30,000 students have participated in SWEEP since it began 30 years ago. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Students soon will be exploring local waterways by canoe as they learn how streams work and the importance of clean water. April 1 marks the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 30th annual Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program, or SWEEP. According to Kass

Cyber charter schools receive the same public funding per student as do brick-and-mortar schools. (Tatyana Gladskih/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Cyber charter schools appear to be spending millions of dollars in taxpayer money on advertising, but at least one refuses to show the details. Commonwealth Charter Academy is one of the biggest cyber charters in the state and recruits students through extensive and expensive ad

Pennsylvania ranks 44th in the nation for state share of education funding. (Chlorophylle/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal includes more for schools, but education advocates say there's still a long way to go. The proposed budget includes a package of initiatives that add up to $435 million more in classroom spending. But that won't stop a pending lawsuit filed by the

Only 4% of Pennsylvania educators are people of color, compared with 29% of students. (Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Reducing student loan debt, hiring more teachers of color and increasing school support staff are top priorities for educators this year. The Keystone State has a growing teacher shortage. Since 2012 the number of Level I instructional certificates issued in Pennsylvania has drop

In nearly 2 out of 3 state Senate districts, less than half of eligible preschoolers attend a high-quality pre-K program. (Manny DaCunha/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania has seen growth in its per-capita investment in high-quality pre-K, but other states still are doing more. The Keystone State has increased spending on pre-K by about $145 million over the past five years, but only 44% of eligible children are enrolled. The latest r

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