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PNS Weekend Newscast - May 27th, 2016 


In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - PA: Youth Issues

A Pittsburgh school district argued if an object is capable of inflicting bodily injury, it is a weapon. (marcelaarrubla0329/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – A recent court ruling means schools will have to change a practice that has led to mandatory expulsion of students. The case centered on an incident involving a ten-year-old-girl in a Pittsburgh school who scratched a boy with a pencil after he touched her sexually. The school ca

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 says 75 percent of transgender students feel unsafe at school. (daveynin/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – School policies that force transgender students to use separate facilities harm those students and do not help anyone, according to a >new report

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

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

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

Juliet Evancho is a senior at Pine-Richland High School and at the center of a current lawsuit about transgender students' rights. (Lambda Legal)

PITTSBURGH – President Donald Trump's action overturning some protections for transgender students does not take away students' rights, according to a lawyer in one Pennsylvania case. A joint letter from the Departments of Justice and Education issued Wednesday said it's up to states and sch

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget increases basic education funding in Pennsylvania by $100 million. (Office of Gov. Tom Wolf)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf's budget is balanced through cuts and consolidation, but it calls for increased education funding. The $32.3 billion spending plan would attack looming budget deficits with more than two-billion dollars in cuts and efficiency measures. Deborah Gordon Klehr, di

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