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PNS Daily Newscast - February 22, 2019 


North Carolina will hold a new election to fill the final disputed seat in the U.S. House. Also on our Friday rundown: Baltimore sues Monsanto and others for polluting city waterways. Plus, a public lands program moves towards permanent status.

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Public News Service - SD: Early Childhood Education

South Dakota teachers are eager to learn if changes will be made to K-12 funding levels by incoming Gov. Kristi Noem when she takes office on Jan. 5, 2019. (nesdahec.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota's latest education report card shows performance progress for math and English, and the state teacher's union hopes the new governor and lawmakers will focus on improving that trajectory when they convene next month. In addition to new legislators, South Dakota wi

The Sioux Falls School District has grown more diverse in the past 20 years. Before, students of color made up less than 5 percent of the population, compared to nearly 40 percent in 2018. (apa.org)

SIOUX FALLS S.D. – At the beginning of every school year, 94 percent of teachers in public schools spend close to $500 of their own money for classroom supplies, and the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation would like to change that. After many years of relying on volunteers, the Fo

A study of 100 preschoolers found self-control can be cultivated and is not always an inborn trait. (Pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Self-control is critical to developing healthy adult behaviors, and researchers studying willpower in children say how children want to be perceived by peers may be just as influential as a child's natural traits or abilities. Using the classic "marshmallow test" that all

South Dakota teacher salaries increased more than in any other state during for the 2016-2017 school year. (teacher.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Education Association says work will need to continue if salaries for teachers are going to stay out of last place in the nation. Teachers learned this week that after 30 years, their salaries are no longer America's lowest. A National Education Association re

Agriculture may be the top industry in South Dakota, but kids who aren't from farm families may not be aware of where their food comes from. (sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A survey two years ago found that one in five grade-school children didn't know where their food came from – and today, a South Dakota education program is trying to change that. Ground Works Midwest is a nonprofit that has introduced "Agriculture in the Classroom,"

Children at M&M Day Care in Huron are among those benefiting from the use of early childhood education to integrate refugees from Myanmar into the community. (M&M Day Care)

HURON, S.D. – The small town of Huron in East Central South Dakota has become a heartwarming example of how early childhood education can bring a community together. Nearly a decade ago, Dakota Provisions began recruiting refugees from Myanmar to work in its turkey processing plant in Huron.

South Dakota is one of only six states that doesn't fund preschool education. (LucÚlia Ribeiro/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Although two pieces of legislation on early childhood education were deferred to the 41st legislative day, South Dakota advocates for young children say they're optimistic because the topic is now on the table. Senate Bills 155 and 156 would have established an early-childhood

Researchers say while South Dakota has made big improvements, the state could do more to help children stay safe and educated. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota recently was ranked one of the most-improved states for children’s well-being, but researchers are laying out ways the state could do better. After looking over the latest >Kids Count Data Book, experts are suggesting several key areas where the state could

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