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PNS Daily Newscast - February 24, 2017 


On today's rundown: Members of Trump’s cabinet meet with Mexican officials days after a new deportation order; Protests are planned in the wake Trump’s decision to roll back protections for transgender students; And more Americans are divesting from big banks.

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Public News Service - MA: Early Childhood Education

A Boston-based children's advocacy group has filed a complaint against the

BOSTON - A Boston-based children's advocacy group says a video learning series is back at it again, making "unfounded claims" about infants' ability to learn, even during the first 18 months in the crib. Executive Director Josh Golin says his group, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, first

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled to vote today on standardized testing. Credit: Alan Mark/Flickr.

BOSTON – This week marks American Education Week, and the stage is set for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to take a vote today on the future of standardized testing. Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, is disappointed that the board th

Para Educator Nancy Burke (r.) with student Taylor Warren. Courtesy: Massachusetts Teachers Association

BOSTON - A Massachusetts educator won national recognition this week for a garden project that enables high school students in wheelchairs to do some digging in the dirt. Nancy Burke, an education support professional at Haverhill High School, won top honors at the Bammy Awards this weekend. She s

At 101, Kay Roberts still dresses up to read to students from the Cat in the Hat. After a half-century as an educator, she knows what makes a good teacher, and a good student. Courtesy: Massachusetts Teachers Assn.

BOSTON - If you want to know what makes a good teacher and a good student, you might want to ask someone with classroom experience. Now that she is 101 years of age, Kay Roberts has plenty of that. She started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Vermont in 1937, but it wasn't long before Kay Rob

PHOTO: At an event in Framingham, a new effort was launched this week to find and enroll Massachusetts school kids in health insurance plans. The Back to School campaign is targeting communities where English is a second language. Photo courtesy of Health Care for All.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - It's back-to-school time for kids in the Commonwealth - and time for an effort by health-care advocates to find those children who are without health insurance. The "Back to School Campaign" kicked off with an event in Framingham, a community with a high concentration of immigra

PHOTO: A new report that compares how children are progressing on key milestones by state across racial and ethnic groups shows Massachusetts in the forefront in some cases, lagging in others. Photo courtesy Kids Count.

BOSTON - Massachusetts is in the forefront in some measures of children's development across racial and ethnic groups, but lagging in others, according to a new report. The report from The Annie E. Casey Kids Count data center shows white children in Massachusetts at the top of a national index of

PHOTO: Massachusetts does not fare well in a new scorecard showing the scope and reach of free breakfast programs for low-income children in schools. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON – Massachusetts does not fare well in a new scorecard showing the scope and reach of free breakfast programs for low-income children in schools nationwide. The figures released by the Food Research and Action Center show the Commonwealth ranked 48th out of 50 states and Washington, D.

It's easier for low-income children in high-poverty Boston public schools to get free meals this year. The program hopes to remove the stigma sometimes attached to students who are fed free breakfasts and lunches. Photo courtesy FRAC.

Boston, MA - The term "CEO" has a new meaning in Boston Public Schools. It stands for the community eligibility option that makes it easier for children in high-poverty Boston schools to receive free meals. Just rolled out in the city this fall, CEO allows a school made up mostly of low-income child

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