PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

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Public News Service - PA: Education

Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for a severance tax on natural gas drilling and a $12 minimum wage. (DEZALB/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new analysis of Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget says it makes important progress in some key areas, but fails to meet many critical needs for the state. While the governor's budget increases spending by $1 billion, two-thirds of that increase is for mandatory expenditures

Some Pennsylvania educators told lawmakers this week that they don't believe adding police and armed personnel to schools will make them safer. (Lorie Shaull CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Adding police patrols and arming teachers won't make schools safer – that's the message some education advocates took to legislators on Thursday. The day after students walked out of classrooms across the country to demand safe schools and gun control, Pennsylvania's

HB 2133 would create a 24/7 toll-free hotline and statewide website to help kinship caregivers. (janeb13/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill in the General Assembly could help thousands of Pennsylvania grandparents who are raising their children's children. Fueled in part by the opioid epidemic, some 82,000 grandparents care for more than 89,000 grandchildren in the Keystone State. Foster parents receive

Over the next ten years, 20,000 to 25,000 Pennsylvania teachers will retire. (SchoolPRPro/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Low pay is a likely factor in Pennsylvania's teacher shortage, according to a new report. The report, from the Economic Policy Institute, shows that weekly compensation, including wages and benefits, for teachers in the Keystone State are almost 7 percent lower than pay for c

The lawsuit challenging the adequacy of Pennsylvania's public school funding was first filed in 2014. (mromerorta/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A lawsuit claiming that Pennsylvania public schools are chronically underfunded is one step closer to going to trial. The Commonwealth Court set a hearing for March 7 to address preliminary objections filed by state legislators opposing the lawsuit. According to Maura McIne

Pennsylvania is 47th in per capita investment in higher education. (Kumar Appaiah/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A nonpartisan research group has released a new plan to make education at the Commonwealth's public community colleges and universities more affordable. The plan, called "The Pennsylvania Promise," was unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday. Mark Price, a labor econom

Pennsylvania ranks 18th out of 30 states with publicly funded pre-K. (Floridanana/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Investing in pre-K is investing in a strong future for Pennsylvania, according to a new report from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. The study says the Keystone State ranks 18th out of 30 states that put state money into quality pre-K programs. While neighboring New

Education Savings Accounts would give public education money to families to pay private school tuition. (Jason Pope/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Education advocates say bills pending in the General Assembly to create Education Savings Accounts would further defund public education in the state. Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 1717 would allow parents to pay private school tuition with public money. The stated goal is

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