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PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 


Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  


The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Public News Service - PA: Children's

HB 1800 allows private/religious schools to exclude students with special needs. (JuanCi Studio/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Education advocates say a new school voucher bill would drain district resources and allow discrimination against students with special needs. House Bill 1800 would provide tuition vouchers worth up to $8,200 to students in the financially struggling Harrisburg school distric

American Education Week is a celebration of the teachers and support professionals who make public schools work.  (WavebreakmediaMicro/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – This is the start of the 98th annual American Education Week, a time to celebrate the achievements of public education and acknowledge the contributions of all those who make a difference in students' lives. It's a week when teachers, parents and support professionals are r

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

From 2016 to 2018, the number of Pennsylvania children without health insurance fell by 1.6%. (Iryna/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The number of children in the nation with no health insurance increased from 2016 to 2018, but a new report shows that in Pennsylvania the insurance rate stayed about the same. The report, from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, found that nearly 4.5% of c

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

Four members of ElderWitness were arrested by DHS on charges of obstructing the entrance to a federal building.  (Roz Dutton/ElderWitness)

PHILADELPHIA – Four senior citizens were arrested Wednesday on charges of blocking the entrance to the Philadelphia headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Dressed as the Statue of Liberty, the four members of ElderWitness, say they are outraged by the Trump administration's det

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

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