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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 - TX: Early Childhood Education

DALLAS - Perhaps no political issue fired up more Texans in 2011 than did the problems of the state's school financing system, and it shows no signs of moving to the back burner in 2012. It started with billions of dollars of cuts to education aid. Now, more than half of the state's school districts

AUSTIN, Texas - The holiday season is traditionally the time Americans open their hearts and wallets a little wider for the needy. While most charities are seeing increased demand for their resources and services, they're facing stagnant - or falling - donation rates, according to a report from the

SAN ANTONIO - The legal battle against Texas' school-funding system is heating up. On Tuesday, a coalition of parents and non-wealthy school districts filed suit in a Travis County district court, claiming state education aid is inadequate and unfairly distributed. Previous lawsuits have challenged

DALLAS - A new coalition of education, civil-rights and faith-based activists says many Texas schools are behind the curve when it comes to disciplinary policies. Recent studies have shown that a heavy reliance on expulsions and suspensions tends to be counter-productive. Still, most districts leave

AUSTIN, Texas - A non-scientific survey of more than 3,000 school employees across Texas seems to reveal a significant, system-wide decline in morale following this year's state budget cuts, according to Linda Bridges. She is the president of Texas AFT, the union that conducted the online survey. "

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - There's a growing labor crisis in Texas schools, as districts respond to sweeping reductions in state education aid. From Corpus to Dallas, many districts have chosen to lay off some of their lowest wage earners, such as custodians and cafeteria workers. In Dripping Springs, t

AUSTIN, Texas - Recent cuts to public education in Texas already are starting to have an impact on the state's employment picture, with 900 school jobs lost last month alone, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Number crunchers are now estimating the impact of President Obama's Ame

WACO, Texas - Today marks implementation of most new laws passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature - a session famous for wrestling with a $27 billion budget shortfall. While Gov. Rick Perry and Republicans who dominated the House and Senate claim success in balancing the budget without raising revenues

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