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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - PA: Youth

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

Since 2008, the state share of special-ed costs has declined from 32% to less than 25%. (Olesia Bilkei/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf has received a request for $100 million more for students with disabilities. More than 40 organizations and individuals have signed onto a letter asking the governor to increase state funding for special education in his budget for the coming fiscal year. Accordin

A lawsuit filed against the Glen Mills School says children were subject to physical and emotional abuse, medical neglect and lack of education. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A class-action lawsuit charging abuse and inadequate education at a juvenile detention facility in Delaware County will be allowed to proceed. The ruling issued by a federal court on Friday means virtually all the claims against the Glen Mills School and state officials responsible

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

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

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

Pennsylvanians spend more than $463 million a year sending children to cyber charter schools. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new study shows the performance of Pennsylvania charter schools is mixed at best, and extremely negative for students at cyber charters. Each year, taxpayers in the Keystone State spend more than $1.6 billion on tuition for charter schools. But the study, by the Center

House Bill 1401 would require Pennsylvania public schools to have one school nurse for every 750 students. (ronnarong/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A bill introduced in the General Assembly would bring more nurses into Pennsylvania public schools. The legislation would cut the maximum ratio of students to school nurses in half, and establish minimum staffing requirements for other professionals who work with students. C

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