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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 - MD: Education

There is a call for schools to create policies on gender identity. (cdc.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A report on transgender student policies in American schools by a conservative think tank is being taken to task by experts. The report from the Heritage Foundation, called "Gender Identity Policies in Schools: What Congress, the Courts and Trump Administration Should Do," came o

PTAs raise millions of dollars for schools around the nation, but a new report says most of the money benefits children in more affluent neighborhoods. (Victoria Jordan)

BALTIMORE – A new report looks at how much money is being raised by Parent Teacher Associations across the country, and reveals that schools in wealthy districts benefit the most. The Center for American Progress (CAP) examined the top 50 PTAs in the nation, which raised $43 million in the 2

How much is too much when it comes to exposure to WiFi and digital devices? (cdc.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – There's a push in Maryland to set up safety guidelines relating to WiFi in schools and for daily use of computers, tablets and other technology. Here’s the question: Do the devices pose a health risk? Lawmakers are set to consider bills (HB 866, SB 1089) that would r

Advocates say special emphasis should be placed on teaching children to be environmental stewards. (cbtrust.org)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - If you know someone who works hard to protect Chesapeake Bay, you can nominate them for an award for their efforts. The Chesapeake Bay Trust is seeking applications and nominations for its 2017 Annual Scholarship and Awards Program. Individuals, communities, businesses and organiza

The band

POTOMAC, Md. -- It may sound like a strange combination, but a rock band is mixing music and a message about financial literacy aimed at kids. The band Gooding will perform a couple of shows in Maryland in September before traveling to Washington, D.C., Delaware and Pennsylvania as part of a natio

Advocates say children do better in school if their parents get involved in their education. (Victoria Jordan)

BALTIMORE – A group that's been working for more than two decades to get parents more involved in their children's education says Maryland is a leader in the movement. Project Appleseed is made up of mostly volunteers who try to get parents, grandparents and guardians involved in the classro

About 400 STEM Festivals will be held for students in Maryland this fall. (STEM Festival)

COLUMBIA, Md. -- It can be a challenge to convince kids that science and math can be fun. But in Maryland, inroads are being made with a series of hands-on events. The STEM Festivals feature robotics, painting with computers, designing and building, and other projects -- all teaching children the i

Maryland saw its number of juveniles in detention facilities go up between 2007-2011, while the nation as a whole saw a big drop. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE - The Youth First Initiative identifies a long list of youth detention facilities, about 80 locations across the country, that it says need to be closed, in a new report. The campaign's President and CEO Liz Ryan says even closing these youth prisons isn't a big enough step. She thinks t

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