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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


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Public News Service - PA: Education

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

A new report says greater investment in high-quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs would help ensure children's later school success. (26057/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - There are wide and persistent disparities in opportunities for African-American and Latino children in Pennsylvania, according to a new report. The 2017 "Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that white children in Pennsylvania ranked 20th in an index b

Populations of monarch butterflies and other pollinators have declined sharply. (bbarlow/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Conservation and gardening groups are getting help from a nine-year-old Pennsylvania boy in their efforts to stop the decline of pollinating insects. Pollinators are responsible for one third of our food supply, but loss of habitat, parasites and pesticides have severely re

Schools can't discipline students for posting to social media from off campus on their own time. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Schools can't punish students for swearing when they're off campus - that's the message of a federal court to a Pennsylvania high school. The student, who is a minor, is only referred to by her initials, B.L. She was dropped from her school's junior varsity cheerleading s

Analysts say the House budget cuts $5.8 trillion from Medicare, Medicaid, education and other public services over 10 years. (MotionStudios/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA -- Labor leaders say the House budget resolution that was passed last week would give huge tax breaks to the rich by cutting programs that help the poor and middle class. The Republican budget would cut almost $6 trillion from Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure and other cr

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Public school advocates have won a significant victory in their efforts to reform state spending on public education. In 2015, the Commonwealth Court dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of Pennsylvania parents, school districts and statewide organizations. That court reli

The report says every dollar invested in quality pre-K programs returns $4 in the long term. (an3344625/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania school principals agree that enrolling children in quality pre-K programs gives them important tools for learning, according to a new report. The report, from the Pre-K for PA campaign and the Pennsylvania Principals Association, found almost 99 percent of elem

If a revenue bill is not passed by Friday, school funding may be cut by $1 billion. (12019/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- While Texas and Florida have been hit by natural disasters, education advocates say a man-made disaster in the form of a budget crisis is about to make landfall in Pennsylvania. The state House of Representatives still has not acted on a bill to fund the state budget. On Tuesday

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