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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - IL: Education

The United States has accepted 15,000 Syrian refugees. (karamfoundation.org)

CHICAGO – While many children are now heading back to school in Illinois and around the country, many other children who are victims of the crisis in Syria are suffering and not able to attend class. According to the United Nations, many children who have fled their war-torn countries with t

As Illinois kids and parents shop for school supplies, state lawmakers are still bickering over school funding legislation. (Victoria Jordan)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As kids are getting ready to start the school year in Illinois, there's still no funding plan in place to run the school districts across the state. In a 38-19 vote on Sunday, the Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's partial veto of Senate Bill 1. Rauner said

Illinois has been in the nation's longest state-budget deadlock since the Great Depression, and not much headway was made over the holiday weekend. (Meagan Davis/Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Finally, a budget bill has passed both houses of the Illinois Legislature, but the battle is far from over. The $36 billion spending plan raises the income tax rate to 4.95 percent, a 32 percent increase. Gov. Bruce Rauner took less than two hours on Tuesday to veto it, only to

A letter to President Donald Trump asks that he promote science education, and champion policies that allow more women to pursue scientific careers. (500womenscientists)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A movement that started among friends concerned about how women were sometimes labeled and treated during the presidential campaign has turned into an effort to empower young girls, and steer them toward careers in science and technology. The group 500 Women Scientists be

Seven students arrested in Chicago on Tuesday after a protest have been released from custody. (Resist Trump Tuesdays)

CHICAGO – Seven college students were arrested on Tuesday after they refused to leave the lobby of the Federal Building in downtown Chicago. They were among hundreds of people who gathered to protest President Donald Trump's choice of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. University of Ch

Young people in urban areas say things they're afraid of include police interactions, community violence and lack of food. (Tatiyana Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A study done by youth researchers cites fear as a major barrier to wellness for students of color. Youth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the United States' child population, and, according to America's Promise Alliance, fear and less access to opportuniti

Two reports look at school segregation and have different answers for how to deal with it. (Virginia Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An education think tank has taken a closer look at a report on school segregation that came out this fall from the Center for Children and Families at the Brookings Institution. It found that poverty, not race, is the real challenge for segregated schools, and that improvin

A survey of Illinois teachers finds children who live in poverty have a hard time focusing in school and often have behavior problems. (Victoria Jordan)

CHICAGO – A new survey has found that poverty, community violence and unstable housing are the largest barriers to good education for Illinois kids. The nonprofit group Communities in Schools asked teachers, principals and school administrators across the country about the obstacles that get

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