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School children wearing facemasks walk outside Condit Elementary School near Houston in December. The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that it will begin collecting data on the status of in-person learning during the pandemic. François Picard/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. Education Dept. Launches First Federal Effort To Track School Reopening

Ever since the pandemic closed the nation’s schools in March 2020, there has been no official national source for understanding where schools have reopened, how many hours of live instruction students are getting online and just how unequal the access to learning has been over the past 11 months. Continue Reading U.S. Education Dept. Launches First Federal Effort To Track School Reopening

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Congress Approves Budget, Paving The Way For President Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Package

The House quickly approved a budget resolution intended to speed the drafting of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The Senate approved the same budget resolution early Friday morning. With the Senate evenly divided, Vice President Harris cast the tiebreaking vote. Continue Reading Congress Approves Budget, Paving The Way For President Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Package

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Seniors and first responders try to snag one of 800 doses available at a vaccination site in Fort Myers, Fla. Octavio Jones/Getty Images

‘Just Cruel’: Digital Race For COVID-19 Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind

With millions of older Americans eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and limited supplies, many continue to describe a frantic and frustrating search to secure a shot, beset by uncertainty and difficulty. The efforts to vaccinate people who are 65 and older have strained under the enormous demand that has overwhelmed cumbersome, inconsistent scheduling systems. Continue Reading ‘Just Cruel’: Digital Race For COVID-19 Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind

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Parler CEO Is Fired After ‘Constant Resistance’ Inside The Conservative-Friendly Site

Parler, the far-right-friendly social media site that was knocked offline after the violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, has fired its CEO. John Matze said the company removed him as chief executive, following a fight with conservative donor Rebekah Mercer, who controls Parler’s board, after an apparent fight over the future of free speech on Parler. Continue Reading Parler CEO Is Fired After ‘Constant Resistance’ Inside The Conservative-Friendly Site

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A view inside the Rotunda which will hold Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick's remains while he lays in honor after he died during the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol Building by a pro-Trump mob. CREDIT: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Brian Sicknick, Capitol Police Officer Slain By Mob, Will Lie In Honor In Rotunda

Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol Police officer who was fatally injured during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol complex, will be given the rare distinction of lying in honor in the building’s Rotunda. Sicknick’s remains are scheduled to arrive Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET in a motorcade including his family. Continue Reading Brian Sicknick, Capitol Police Officer Slain By Mob, Will Lie In Honor In Rotunda

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Miguel Cardona, Biden’s Education Secretary Nominee, Is New To D.C. — But Not To Classrooms

On Wednesday, lawmakers will have some tough questions for Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee to be the next U.S. education secretary. The Connecticut educator will no doubt have to navigate the choppy policy waters of school choice, how to close opportunity gaps and, most critically, how he would help schools reopen as the pandemic rages. Continue Reading Miguel Cardona, Biden’s Education Secretary Nominee, Is New To D.C. — But Not To Classrooms

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