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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 - WA: Education

The Renton school district serves about 15,500 students. (Marc Sanchez/Adobe Stock)

RENTON, Wash. -- School bus drivers want to help students struggling during the pandemic, but drivers in the Renton school district feel like their plans to provide more aid have been stymied. Beth DeCou is a driver in the district and president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 6367. Sh

More than 100 Tacoma paraeducators will have their hours reduced so much in the new school year that they will no longer be eligible for health insurance. (NeONBRAND/Unsplash)

TACOMA, Wash. -- Tacoma schools plan to cut or reduce the hours of hundreds of educators who work with the most vulnerable students. More than 400 paraeducators will be laid off, transferred or have their work hours cut in the fall. Glory Tichy, president of the Tacoma Federation of Paraeducators,

Jose Atil is a paraeducator for English language learners in Vancouver, Wash., and also works at Camp Evergreen, a day care program for the children of first responders. (PSE SEIU Local 1948)

SEATTLE -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the next round of coronavirus relief, and some essential workers in Washington state are watching the bill closely. Jose Atil, a paraeducator for English language learners in Vancouver and a member of the Public School Employees of Washingt

Seattle Public Library branches are beginning to allow access to their restrooms. (RAMIRO/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- Libraries across Washington continue to serve communities despite having to close their doors during the coronavirus outbreak. Pierce County Library System Executive Director Georgia Lomax says libraries are still performing many of the essential services they were before COVID-19, from

More cuts in spending are likely in Washington state as the financial fallout from COVID-19 continues. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- Washington state community and technical college employees fear budget cuts could be coming as COVID-19 rocks the state coffers. Already, Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed an expected $445 million in future spending through 2023, with some of those cuts coming to education. American Federati

Shoreline Community College's dental hygiene program is feeling the effects of the college's budget shortfall. (Wikimedia Commons)

UPDATE: Shoreline Community College says it's proposing to only cut one faculty position and add three. It also says the dental-hygiene program will be off limits from cuts. SHORELINE, Wash. -- With a budget shortfall looming, faculty members at a Washington state community college are concerned ab

About 330,000 Washington state kids are waiting for an after-school program. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- After-school organizations in Washington state are utilizing training and other support systems to create better programs for their students. Open Doors for Multicultural Families is an organization that works with youth with disabilities from culturally diverse communities. It's reachi

Solitary confinement can have detrimental effects on the developing brains of young people, studies have found. (karenfoleyphoto/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A bill to end solitary confinement for young people in Washington state jails and detention facilities is making its way through the State Legislature. The practice has come under increased scrutiny across the country, including from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent P

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