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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - PA: Children's Issues

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.

Pennsylvania students spend up to 110 hours a year preparing for and taking standardized tests. (KF/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An overemphasis on standardized tests is interfering with children's education in Pennsylvania, according to a leading teachers' organization. According to the new policy brief by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's reliance on high-stakes, standardized tests

About 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live within half a mile of gas and oil infrastructure. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Families and child health advocates were in Harrisburg on Wednesday to oppose legislation they say would end the state's ability to protect its citizens from pollution. Senate bill 175 would prohibit the state from passing any regulations on emissions from gas facilities that ar

Pennsylvania schools with the fewest white students receive $2,000 a year less per pupil, according to a new report. (lourdesnique/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Years of underfunding Pennsylvania's public schools has led to inequalities affecting low-income districts and communities of color, according to a new report. The Education Law Center report, entitled "Money Matters in Education Justice," says the Keystone State ranks 46th in

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