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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 20, 2020 


Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - TN: Education

In a new book, Lumina Foundation president and chief executive Jamie Merisotis says it's time to rethink higher education and workforce training to sustain the future U.S. workforce in an age of robotics, artificial intelligence and other technologies. (Lumina Foundation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Uniquely human traits and capabilities will be more important in the post-coronavirus work landscape, according to Jamie Merisotis, author of a new book on the future of the workforce. At least one study estimates 40% of jobs that saw COVID-related layoffs aren't coming back, an

There are more than 1,000 two-year community and technical colleges scattered across the United States. (Adobe Stock)

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. -- Community colleges could play a major role in helping the state bounce back from the coronavirus recession, according to the authors of a new report. More than 16 million Americans have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and it's estimated many of those positions aren't comi

New U.S. Department of Education data shows students who were the first in their families to go to college were half as likely to have attained a bachelor's degree within six years and significantly more likely to have left college without a credential. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- New federal data shows adult learners, students of color and veterans still are far less likely to complete a college degrees than other groups, and state education officials say they're now using a data-driven approach to come up with targeted programs aimed at preventing at-ris

Research shows allowing police officers to handle minor infractions in schools often marks a student's first contact with the criminal justice system, potentially setting them up for a lifetime of collateral consequences. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The national spotlight on police violence has many reexamining the role of police officers in schools. Before the pandemic, nearly 2 million kids nationwide attended a school in which there was a law-enforcement officer on staff, but not a school counselor, according to a report

About half of Black student borrowers who entered college in 2004 defaulted on their student loans within 12 years. (Adobe Stock)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Most public colleges and universities are failing to enroll numbers of Black students representative of their state populations - and that includes the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, according to findings by The Education Trust. The Trust's Senior Director Tiffany Jones

More than 20 large U.S. companies have announced layoffs since the pandemic began. Some are offering furloughed workers a phone app to connect them with job training and coaching services. (Adobe Stock)

By Jeff Ryder for WorkingNation.com Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Public News Service Reporting for WorkingNation.com-Tennessee News Service NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An ambitious new initiative is working to help the recently unemployed gain the training that they need for jobs and careers in

According to federal data, in 2019, more than 252,000 individuals nationwide entered apprenticeship programs. (Adobe Stock)

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- This summer, high school students in Blount County will have the chance to apprentice in information technology, culinary arts, and building maintenance fields. It's one facet of a partnership between the group Tennessee Valley Youth Apprenticeships, The Urban Institute, and loca

The G.I. Bill, originally created to provide benefits for returning World War II soldiers, is used by veterans to to help pay for college, graduate school, or training programs. (Adobe Stock)

Correction: Title was changed to accurately reflect attribution for the word "Predatory." Original title was "VA Says Predatory Colleges Can Accept GI Bill Students" (7:35 pm MST, 7/13/2020), correct that Bellevue and Temple University are nonprofits, and add response from Bellevue University (12:45

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