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.
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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
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