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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - NY: Education

Only about 40 percent of New York children were rated proficient by tests in English and math. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The latest standardized test scores are out in New York state, but teachers are calling them "virtually meaningless." The scores for third- through eighth-graders improved slightly in both math and English, but still only about 40 percent of students were rated proficient. Carl Korn, chi

Sam Clovis is a talk-show host and former advisor to the Trump campaign. (Alex Hanson/Flickr)

NEW YORK – A leading scientific organization says President Donald Trump's nominee to be chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is unqualified. Sam Clovis is a conservative radio talk-show host and a former advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. He's also a vocal denier o

A proposed regulation would allow New York charter school networks to certify their own teachers. (woodleywonderworks/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York's teachers' union is voicing its opposition to allowing some charter schools to bypass state teacher-certification requirements. On Thursday, the State University of New York Charter School Committee approved a proposal to let some charter schools set up their own tea

A new report says granting DACA status increases employment rates and workers' wages, and contributes substantially to state tax coffers. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Undocumented immigrants who arrived as children contribute millions in tax dollars to New York, according to a new report. The Trump administration is sending mixed messages about whether those granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status by the Obama administration will be depo

In 2016, students in New York City public schools experienced 1,263 arrests. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Juvenile-justice advocates say New York City is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on a punitive approach to school discipline that is ineffective and harms students. According to a new report by the Center for Popular Democracy and the Urban Youth Collaborative, last year m

EOP and EOC students graduate at higher rates and with higher grade point averages than the general population. (college.library/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. – About 700 students from across New York traveled to Albany on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to fully fund programs that helped them prepare for college. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget calls for a $5 million cut in funding for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and a

NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta, right, testifying in legislative budget hearings this week. (NYSUT)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Educators say the state is on the right track, but needs to invest more in higher education. Three weeks ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to make the state and city university systems tuition free for low- and middle-income New Yorkers. Testifying at state budget heari

Critics say New York's many certification exams create unnecessary barriers to aspiring teachers. (Hagerty Ryan, USFWS/Pixnio)

ALBANY, N.Y. – The union for State University faculties is urging the Board of Regents to approve changes to the New York State teacher certification exam. A special task force has recommended several changes to the tests all teachers need to take to be certified in the state. Jamie Dangler,

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