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Ansley Puckett

Ansley Puckett is a summer intern and staff reporter for The Well News. Puckett is from Columbia, South Carolina, and attends Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where she studies journalism and English. Ansley has been involved in journalism since 2015 and previously served as the Arts & Culture Editor for her school newspaper, The Appalachian. Now, she serves as the Managing Editor, and outside of school, Ansley writes for All About Women Magazine. When she’s not writing, Ansley enjoys reading and exploring.  

Recent Work

South Carolina Governor Adds Mental Health Resources to Student IDs
In The States
South Carolina Governor Adds Mental Health Resources to Student IDs
July 26, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Student Identification Card Suicide Prevention Act, requiring public and private schools in the state to provide a crisis hotline resource of their choosing on student ID card. “This law not only provides our students with easy access to a... Read More

California Governor Signs Legislation to Boost Entertainment Industry
In The States
California Governor Signs Legislation to Boost Entertainment Industry
July 23, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

LOS ANGELES- California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Wednesday investing $330 million to expand the state’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program in order to boost the state’s economy.  Launched in 2009, the Film and Television Tax Credit Program works to attract and retain production... Read More

Preparing Animals for Natural Disasters
Emergency Management
Preparing Animals for Natural Disasters
July 23, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

Hurricane season is underway and climate experts warn of increasingly severe and frequent storms. Animal advocacy groups are reminding the public and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect animals during natural disasters.  Often left out of disaster planning and with no way to protect themselves,... Read More

Animal Advocates Push for DC Legislation in Welfare Advocacy Training
Animal Rights
Animal Advocates Push for DC Legislation in Welfare Advocacy Training
July 20, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - The Humane Rescue Alliance held an animal welfare advocacy training Tuesday focusing on educating attendees about animal welfare legislation scheduled to come before the D.C. Council.  The event focused on the Animal Care and Control Omnibus Act, The Healthy Hospitals Amendment Act, and the... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Make College Credits Easier to Transfer
Education
Bipartisan Bill Aims to Make College Credits Easier to Transfer
July 20, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

Bipartisan legislation aimed at removing a bureaucratic obstacle which prevents some students from receiving their degree or certification is being proposed by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., Mike Braun, R-Ind., John Hickenlooper, D-Colo. and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2021 would ease the... Read More

The Department of Education Temporarily Changes Federal Aid Verification Process
Education
The Department of Education Temporarily Changes Federal Aid Verification Process
July 15, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that it will make temporary changes to the Federal Aid Verification Process for the 2021-2022 award year.   According to the Department, more than 3 million potential Pell Grant recipients are selected for verification each year. However, due... Read More

Julia Child’s Georgetown Home Renovation Nears End
In The News
Julia Child’s Georgetown Home Renovation Nears End
July 12, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Julia Child’s house in Georgetown is looking a bit different than it did when the famous American chef lived in it.  The current owner, Rory Veevers-Carter, bought the 1,497 square foot home in 2015 and began official renovations in 2018. The Georgetown home,... Read More

Michigan Governor Signs Bill to Fund Schools’ COVID Recovery Efforts
In The States
Michigan Governor Signs Bill to Fund Schools’ COVID Recovery Efforts
July 8, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

LANSING. Mich.— Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined students and staff on Wednesday at Ojibwa Elementary in Macomb county to sign a bill that appropriates $4.4 billion in federal COVID relief funding to schools.  According to a release, House Bill 4421 represents bipartisan work completed last June... Read More

Battle Over Abortion Bill in South Carolina Continues
In The States
Battle Over Abortion Bill in South Carolina Continues
July 8, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and others have appealed a federal court’s preliminary injunction preventing them implementing a ban on the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat. McMaster signed the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act on Feb. 18. ... Read More

Experts Urge Increase in Environmental Education to Respond to Climate Emergency
Education
Experts Urge Increase in Environmental Education to Respond to Climate Emergency
July 7, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

Experts say environmental education needs greater investment if future generations are to be able to fully respond to the climate emergency.   According to an article in Environmental Education Research, co-authored by Alan Reid, editor, and Justin Dillion, Jo-Anne Ferreira and Dr. Nicole Ardoin, associate editors, environmental... Read More

States Encouraged to Apply for Second Disbursement of American Rescue Plan Funding
Education
States Encouraged to Apply for Second Disbursement of American Rescue Plan Funding
July 6, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

The U.S. Department of Education invited states and school districts on Tuesday to apply for the additional $600 million in American Rescue Plan Funds for students experiencing homelessness.  The $600 million is the second disbursement of the $800 million in funding provided under the American Rescue... Read More

Department of Education Releases $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds
Education
Department of Education Releases $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds
July 6, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Department of Education released more than $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to states on Thursday to support infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.  The funding will help aid around 7.9 million infants and students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act... Read More

Pelosi Casts Spotlight on Efforts of Women's Caucus to Help Working Families
Congress
Pelosi Casts Spotlight on Efforts of Women's Caucus to Help Working Families
July 2, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press event with the Democratic Women’s Caucus on Thursday for the Care Economy.  Pelosi said the event was to tell the American people that the Democratic women in the House of Representatives and their colleagues in the Senate are... Read More

California Addresses College Readiness
Education
California Addresses College Readiness
July 1, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

The Public Policy Institute of California released the first in a series of posts examining how educational opportunities and outcomes are different across California.   According to the post, only a third of California’s 9th graders make it to and then complete college. Middle-income and higher-income students... Read More

Oversight Subcommittee Looks to Expand Higher Education
Education
Oversight Subcommittee Looks to Expand Higher Education
June 30, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss expanding access to higher education.   The virtual hearing examined problems facing students today, including the pandemic, student loans and cost of tuition. Five witnesses presented testimony on these problems and... Read More

South Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Protect Small Businesses
In The States
South Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Protect Small Businesses
June 29, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill on June 24 that protects small businesses from COVID-related lawsuits.   The South Carolina COVID-19 Liability Safe Harbor Act provides legal immunity to businesses, health care facilities and state agencies that reasonably followed public health guidelines at... Read More

Small Dog Research Center Opens in Kansas
Research
Small Dog Research Center Opens in Kansas
June 25, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

TOPEKA, Kan. - The American pet food company Hill’s Pet Nutrition opened its new Small Paws Innovation Center in Topeka, Kansas, on Wednesday.   The 25,000-square foot nutrition center will focus completely on the nutrition needs of small dogs, which make up more than half of the... Read More

FAFSA Simplification Act Delayed
Education
FAFSA Simplification Act Delayed
June 17, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid Simplification Act, which will implement changes to simplify the FAFSA application process, has been delayed by a year. On Friday, the Office of Federal Student Aid announced that the act will be fully implemented by the 2024-2025... Read More

Senate Looks at Biden’s 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education
Education
Senate Looks at Biden’s 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education
June 17, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON- The Senate Appropriations subcommittee met Wednesday to examine President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget request for the Department of Education. The $102.8 billion budget for the Department’s programs and activities is a $29.8 billion increase from the 2021 fiscal year budget and includes the American... Read More

Department of Education Confirms Title IX Protects Gay and Transgender Students
Civil Rights
Department of Education Confirms Title IX Protects Gay and Transgender Students
June 16, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Education confirmed Wednesday that Title IX protects students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational activity or program offered by public schools or... Read More

Education Department Highlights American Rescue Plan Beneficiaries
Education
Education Department Highlights American Rescue Plan Beneficiaries
June 15, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education posted 28 plans Monday describing how various states intend to use the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds to support students, schools and educators. The fund provides almost $122 billion to states to support schools... Read More

Biden Taps Sandra Bruce to Be Inspector General for Ed Dept.
Education
Biden Taps Sandra Bruce to Be Inspector General for Ed Dept.
June 15, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden announced seven nominations on Friday, including his nominee for Inspector General of the Department of Education, Sandra Bruce. If confirmed, Bruce will be tasked with auditing and investigating DOE programs to combat fraud, waste and abuse. Bruce has over 30 years... Read More

Biden’s Back-to-School Goals on Target
Education
Biden’s Back-to-School Goals on Target
June 14, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona responded to the results of the April 2021 National Center for Education Statistics Survey on schools reopening. The NAEP launched the NAEP School Survey in February, which surveyed approximately 3,500 schools each month at grades four and eight.... Read More

DoEd Advancing Equity in Education
Education
DoEd Advancing Equity in Education
June 14, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

The Department of Education is taking action to advance equity in education and ensure that schools are serving students across the nation. According to a release on Wednesday, the Department of Education has published a report detailing the varying impacts of COVID-19 on K-12 and higher-level... Read More

Retail Panelists Discuss Inclusivity Inside and Outside Their Organizations
Business
Retail Panelists Discuss Inclusivity Inside and Outside Their Organizations
June 11, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

Open to All and Yelp hosted a panel with leaders from Gap, H&M and The Body Shop to discuss ways to promote inclusivity on Thursday.  Executives with the companies discussed rainbow-washing and inclusivity that goes beyond Pride Month. Rainbow-washing is the act of using rainbow and... Read More

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