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PNS Daily News - May 23, 2017 


A deadly attack at a pop concert in England; the President urges peace in the Middle East; and a Supreme Court win for voting rights advocates. Details on those stories in today's news.

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Public News Service - PA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Investing in pre-K raises graduation rates, reduces crime and saves tax dollars, according to a new report. (U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is continuing to invest in quality pre-K programs for at-risk kids, but a new report says there's still a long way to go. According to the report, pre-K lays a solid foundation for success in school and beyond, raising graduation rates, reducing special-ed plac

The American Health Care Act passed the U.S. House by a vote of 217 to 213. (USCapitol/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The American Health Care Act that passed the House on Thursday would still cost millions their health insurance. That's the assessment of its opponents. The vote was close, just 217 to 213. And despite promises to improve upon earlier versions that failed to come to a v

Under the new bill, a 40-year-old who had breast cancer would pay $32,740 a year more for insurance, analysts say. (Rhoda Baer/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Analysts say a new proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would dramatically raise costs for older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions. A new amendment by Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey is being touted as a compromise between moderate and far-right Repub

Bills would let districts decide if standardized tests should be a graduation requirement. (Alberto G./Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A package of five bills designed to rein in standardized testing in Pennsylvania schools is getting bipartisan support. The goal of the bills, introduced on Tuesday, is to take some of the focus off standardized tests through policies that make sense for students and teache

House Bill 97 continues a financial incentive for charters to underserve severely disabled children. (amslerPIX/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Legislation to reform charter schools in Pennsylvania could come up for a vote any day now, but education advocates say the bill doesn't fix the problem. House Bill 97 could be the first major reform of the state's charter-school law since it was enacted 20 years ago. But,

Under SB 383, school districts could set policies allowing personnel to carry firearms. (Webmaster102/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Wednesday the state Senate's education committee is set to vote on a bill to allow school personnel to carry loaded weapons in public schools. Senate Bill 383 is labeled as "providing for protection and defense of students." It would empower school districts to establish

A report found a significant number of religious schools that receive vouchers teach creationism as science. (John Scalz/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- A new report says millions of state dollars are being funneled to religious and private schools through two voucher programs. The Pennsylvania House has approved a bill to increase funding by $55 million over the current $125 million level for the Opportunity Scholarship Tax C

In Pennsylvania, 64 percent of children who are eligible for publicly funded Pre-K are not being served. (Chris Morgan/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A budget bill passed by the state House of Representatives on Tuesday falls far short of adequately funding Pre-K and child care, according to early learning advocates. In his budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf calls for a $75 million increase in funding for high quality Pre-K.

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