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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 - TX: Education

When the coronavirus hit in March, more than 12 million of the 55 million American students sent home did not have home broadband access for online learning, according to the Brookings Institute. (geralt/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated that every school needs 21st-century remote access to broadband, according to Connected Nation Texas. Jennifer Harris, the group's state program director, stressed that distance learning works when investments are made in home broadband, sc

More than 150,000 undergraduate students in Texas are single mothers. (

AUSTIN, Texas -- Student parents have some major considerations as the new school year begins. From closed childcare centers, to nationwide computer shortages and limited broadband access in some areas, the pandemic has exacerbated the challenges. Cristina Guajardo is a resident at the Jeremiah Pr

The gap in equitable access to affordable postsecondary education across race and income levels is expected to worsen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study by the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and Lumina Foundation. (

AUSTIN, Texas -- Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, college students were derailed from graduating due to the high cost of housing, food and transportation. Now, a new study shows unexpected expenses often challenge older students to enroll and stay enrolled. Older students, defined as those ages

Some education experts anticipate that more college and university students will consider learning online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. (jagritparajuli99/Pixabay)

DALLAS -- The death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis two months ago has accelerated the launch of a new learning program by a school in Dallas. The Urban Scholars Program was in the works at Paul Quinn College, but became more urgent with Floyd's death, as the histori

Parents exploring homeschooling in Texas say they're worried about their kids contracting COVID-19 in the classroom and aren't sure traditional school districts can meet the challenge of remote or hybrid teaching models. (Victoria_Borodinova/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- As the nation grapples with returning kids to school during a pandemic, many Texas parents are switching to homeschooling or at least exploring the options. The faith-based Texas Home School Coalition reports an uptick in calls and emails from new families asking how to qualify fo

Every year, an estimated 218,000 young people are admitted to detention facilities nationwide, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (gabrielberophs/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Arrests that land young people in the Texas juvenile-justice system have dropped since the coronavirus pandemic began, mirroring a national trend, according to a new analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Alycia Castillo is a youth-justice policy analyst for the Texas Criminal

In a 2018 survey, nearly one in five high school students, and 6% of middle-school students, said they used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas - Several fatal incidents linked to e-cigarette use made headlines in 2019, and health advocates are hoping young people in Texas and across the United States will consider making a New Year's resolution to kick the habit. Marina Hench, senior government relations director for the Tex

Texas students are getting hands on, high-tech experience growing fresh produce inside converted shipping containers. (Freight Farms)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texas schools are using refrigerated freight containers converted into hydroponic farms as an extension of the classroom. At IDEA charter schools, students learn how to grow leafy greens and other vegetables, and deliver their harvests directly to the school cafeteria. C

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