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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - FL: Education

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos backs a Trump administration budget proposal that would cut total federal spending on public schools by $9 billion. (Michael Vadon/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a controversial champion of private schools, is causing a stir in Florida's capital city, since it appears she's bypassing any visits to traditional public schools. DeVos spent Tuesday visiting charter schools, and her trip was extended to i

More than 220,000 Florida children get food from summer nutrition programs, but that's only a fraction of those who need them. (Virginia Carter)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Across Florida, more schools, community centers and churches are serving summer meals for lower-income children, but the latest research says not enough families take advantage of these programs. The Food Research and Action Center says that's also the case nationwide.

Florida schools identified as struggling could be closed and replaced with charter schools under legislation now headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk. (kconnors/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After barely surviving a Senate vote, the $419 million education package - House Bill 7069 - is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk; while many are hoping its journey will end in a veto. After debating a number of education issues, the Florida Legislature conducted closed-doo

A new bill would make it harder for undocumented immigrants to go to college in Florida, even if they graduated from Florida high schools. (kconnors/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bill introduced in the Florida Senate could alter the plans of thousands of students who have grown up in Florida. Under the proposal by newly-elected Republican Sen. Greg Steube of Sarasota, Florida's public colleges and universities would no longer have to waive out-of

While the national high school graduation rate is around 82 percent, a new study finds Florida lags behind at just 76 percent. (hmm360/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida falls behind the national high school graduation rate, and the recent proliferation of alternative schools doesn't seem to be helping, according to a new study. Even though they enroll a small slice of students, the report from Johns Hopkins University finds that charte

One Florida man says protecting the environment begins with finding out where lawmakers stand on climate change. (Castlelass/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It's test time in Tallahassee, as one man wants to get lawmakers and other state leaders to state once and for all where they stand on climate change and the risk it poses to Florida. Environmental engineer Bart Bibler is the driving force behind what he calls the climate-chang

Health advocates say giving drug users access to sterile needles will help fight the spread of HIV. (xenia/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With Florida leading the nation in the number of new HIV cases and facing a growing heroin epidemic, health advocates say a measure moving through the Legislature could help on both fronts. The program would create a pilot in Miami-Dade County, run by the University of Miami Ho

Floridians will mark the opening day of the 2016 legislative session with a series of rallies across the state. (Damien Filer/Progress Florida)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As lawmakers prepare to return to the capitol this week, hundreds of people across the state want to make sure their voices are heard on the issues they believe matter most. From Medicaid expansion to income inequality and immigrant rights, people across Florida plan to voice t

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