PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - WI: Early Childhood Education

Census officials say undercounting of young children has been an issue for decades, and fear it could be a bigger problem for the 2020 count. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Outreach groups for the 2020 census count say Wisconsin relies heavily on federal funding for early-childhood education. They say it's one of many reasons why the state can't let young children go uncounted. An estimated 1 million kids under the age of 5 were not counted nationwid

A new Kindness Curriculum developed at the University of Wisconsin helps preschool children to learn to empathize, forgive and be generous. (Wm. Graf, UW)

MADISON, Wis. – As children begin the school year, teachers may wonder how to integrate social and emotional learning in the classroom, along with reading, writing and math. That's one of the concepts behind the new Kindness Curriculum developed for teachers by the UW-Madison Center for Heal

The head of a Wisconsin children's advocacy group says President Donald Trump's budget proposal runs counter to the state's motto. (WI Dept. of Administration)

MADISON, Wis. – Groups that advocate for children are voicing concerns that President Donald Trump's budget proposal slashes funding for nutrition, health care and other programs that help hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites meet basic needs. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin calls the

Classroom education in every public school in Wisconsin will benefit from greater local control with passage of new national legislation, according to the state's largest teacher's union, the Wisconsin Education Association Council. (U.S. Navy)

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin educators are pleased with the passage of an act that dramatically rolls back federal control of education. President Obama is expected today to sign the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which passed the U.S. Senate on an 85-12 vote yesterday. The bipartisan suppo

Democrat Chris Taylor of Madison says the move to privatize public education in Wisconsin is not coming from the people of the state, but from the American Legislative Exchange Council. Courtesy: Rep. Chris Taylor

MADISON, Wis. - After targeting three of Wisconsin's long-standing laws regarding clean government, which are currently in play at the state capitol, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will next turn its sights on public education in Wisconsin, says Madison Democrat and State Represent

PHOTO: A new book from a Wisconsin author says bullying has become epidemic, and while educators and young people search for dealing with the issue in an effective way, no one needs to live by someone else's definition of who they are. Photo credit: For A Better School Climate.

MADISON, Wis. - A new novel called "Double Exposure" about an intersex teen athlete, explores bullying, and Wisconsin author Bridget Birdsall says the story is based on real experiences. The main character was born with ambiguous genitalia and raised as a boy. At age 15, to escape bullying, the y

Photo: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows more than 20 percent of Wisconsin children are living in poverty, and suggests a two-generation approach that addresses family-supporting jobs for parents and high-quality early education for children is necessary to break the cycle.  Photo credit: Cliffdale Elementary School/Wikimedia commons

MADISON, Wis. - A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows more than 20 percent of Wisconsin children are living in poverty, and suggests a two-generation approach is necessary to help parents and children thrive. Ken Taylor, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Fam

PHOTO: Jim Moeser of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says the state needs to do more to make sure children are reading proficiently. Photo courtesy WCCF.

MADISON, Wis. - Eighty percent of lower-income fourth graders and two-thirds of all students are not reading proficiently, according to a new report. The "data snapshot" released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation takes a look at all the states, and according to Jim Moeser, deputy director of the Wis

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