Saturday, March 25, 2023

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Georgia prepares for the end of COVID-19 emergency; comment period open for experimental nuclear tech in eastern ID; Mexican gray wolf population rebounds in Arizona.

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Lawmakers grill the CEO of Tik Tok over national security concerns, the House Pro-Choice Caucus aims to repeal the Helms Act and allow U.S. foreign aid to support abortion care, and attempts to ban or restrict books hit a record high as groups take aim at LBGTQ+ titles.

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Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

Pennsylvania

The Keystone State is a leading East Coast supplier of natural gas, coal, refined petroleum products and electricity to the nation. (vencav/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Report: Fossil Fuels "Unreliable" During Deep Freeze

A new report found forced power outages in this winter's extreme weather only added to "unreliability" in the fossil-fuel sector. The PJM …

This month Governor Shapiro announced his plan to give new teachers a personal income tax credit of up to $2,500 a year for three years. (Johoo/AdobeStock)

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

PSEA Call to Action: More Funding To Solve School Staffing Crisis

The shortage of school teachers and staffers has reached a crisis level in some public schools. An education advocacy group is making recommendations …


According to the State of Philadelphia Child Welfare Workforce report, 72% of respondents reported feeling overwhelmed by their student loan debt amount when compared to their salary or pay. (Nimito/AdobeStock)

Monday, March 20, 2023

Report: PA Child Welfare Workforce Faces Low Pay, Turnover

A recent report on the child welfare workforce shortage looks at how worker turnover, recruitment, and retention are impacting children and families …

In Pennsylvania, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for primary municipal elections. The first time you vote, you must bring a valid photo or non-photo form of identification. (Vesperstock/Adobe Stock)
PA Group Pushes to Educate Voters Ahead of Municipal Primary

As the municipal primary election fast approaches, there is an urgent push for more voter education in Pennsylvania. More than 8.7 million …


If the new Railway Safety Act of 2023 rail is passed, carriers would face heightened fines for wrongdoing, and it would substantially increase the maximum fine USDOT can issue for safety violations. (Brian Dunn/Wirestock Creators/AdobeStock)
PA: New Legislation To Prevent Future Train Derailments

Hoping to avoid future train disasters like Norfolk Southern's derailment in East Palestine, a bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers has …

It is estimated that as many as 300,000 to 760,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in the Keystone State, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. (Perytskyy/Adobe Stock)
PA Groups Urge State To Address Abandoned Well Problem

Groups in the Keystone State are urging the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to move forward quickly and implement some of the sugg…


According to the American Lung Association, an EPA review of research on the health effects of fine particle pollution concluded non-white populations face higher risks. (Harold Stiver/Adobe Stock)
PA Group: Stronger EPA Soot Standard Would Save Lives

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing tougher air-quality standards for soot pollution, and a Pennsylvania clean-air advocacy group said …

A 2021 Pennsylvania Department of Education report found that Career and Technical Education participants (86.5%) had slightly higher odds of graduating on time from high school than non-CTE students (85%). (Adobe Stock)
Call to Action: More Funding for PA Career and Technical Education

A Pennsylvania advocacy group wants the state budget to include more funding for Career and Technical Education programs, or CTE, for high school …


Pennsylvania teacher Katie Harnish traveled to Antarctica to study and learn about the environment and wildlife. (Photo courtesy of Harnish)
PA Educator Explores Antarctica, Falkland Islands with Fellowship

A Pennsylvania educator is one of 50 teachers from around the U.S. and Canada who received a Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, an honor that came with a …

In Pennsylvania, funding for K-12 education totals more than $30 billion or $19,369 per pupil, according to the website EducationData.org. (Adobe Stock)
PA Now Tasked with Public-School Funding Revamp

It's been two weeks since a Commonwealth Court judge ruled Pennsylvania's system of funding public schools is unconstitutional and must be revamped…


Civil rights organizations have said they believe the IHRA's definition of antisemitism and its
Palestinian Advocates Applaud New Info from U.S. Education Dept.

The U.S. Department of Education has a new fact sheet about religious discrimination from its Office for Civil Rights, and Palestinian advocates are …

The Who Mentored You? study by MENTOR reveals that youths who identify as BIPOC and those from lower income levels express significantly higher rates of unmet mentoring needs. (Daniel Ernst/AdobeStock)
More Black Mentors Urged for Pennsylvania

A new study shows despite a long-term increase in mentoring over time, there has still been recent backsliding with Generation Z, who appear to be …


 

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