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PNS Daily Newscast - November 21, 2017 


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Public News Service - VA: Education

Critics charge Ed Gillespie's promises rely on unrealistic economic projections. (Gillespie for Governor)

RICHMOND, Va. – Republican Ed Gillespie is promising both tax cuts and more public-school funding, but he's counting on big revenue from economic growth, which might not happen. According to the Virginia Education Association, Gillespie's tax cuts would mean $400 million less for schools whe

Virginia teachers now make less than their peers in 32 other states. Teachers say that forces them to take second or even third jobs. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia teachers make almost $8,000 a year less than the national average. And educators say many have to keep second or even third jobs to make ends meet. The latest annual survey just released by the National Education Association found Virginia has fallen to 32nd in the countr

Toney McNair, Virginia's 2017 Teacher of the Year, says state lawmakers could be doing more to help educators make a difference in the students' lives. (Virginia Education Assn.)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's Teacher of the Year says connecting with students is a calling, even an assignment for him, and he says lawmakers should provide the resources needed to help. The General Assembly is debating Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget plan, including the first statewide teacher p

Virginia teachers such as Carmen Sitton say low pay can get in the way of doing a job they love. (Lisa Sale)

RICHMOND, Va. – Teaching can be a tough way to make a living, Virginia educators say. So, they're looking to the General Assembly for help with low pay. According to the Virginia Education Association, state teachers make $7,200 less than the national average. Carmen Sitton, a second-grade

The Obama administration has been a strong proponent of Head Start nationally, but advocates say Virginia should do more to fill in the gaps between local programs. (Whitehouse.gov)

RICHMOND, Va. — Access to quality Head Start programs varies widely, according to new research. Children's advocates say Virginia can help close educational disparities by equalizing that. The "State(s) of Head Start" report found the early education programs vary greatly from one community

Virginia educators say some of the public ed progress made in the state may be at risk in the presidential election. (Woodleywonderworks/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. – State educators say Virginia public education has a lot at risk in the presidential election. Last year, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a replacement for the previous No Child Left Behind. But Jim Livingston, president of the Virginia Education A

The Virginia Education Association has some good ideas for parents as they help their kids face the new school year. (Martin Vorel/Libreshot)

RICHMOND, Va. — If your child is nervous about going back to school, Virginia teachers have some good ideas to help turn those nerves into excitement. Jim Livingston, president of the Virginia Education Association and long-time middle school math teacher said it's important that parents set

Now that summer vacation has started, teachers are stressing the need to keep kids engaged in learning. (Woodley Wonderworks - Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. - With schools in Virginia out for the summer, educators stress that we should keep our young students connected to learning, to avoid the "summer slide." Alexandria 4th grade teacher Christina Bohringer said research confirms that children lose ground if they don't keep reading and

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