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- Today, the CDC unanimously recommended the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-olds, joining the FDA. Vaccinations are expected as early as this week. (NPR, USA Today, CNBC, CNN, NY Times, Chalkbeat NY)
- School board races are becoming politicized opportunities that dictate contentious issues such as critical race theory and masks. (Associated Press, USA Today, NPR, US News, NBC, NY Times, Education Next)
- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is expected to sign a bill into law that would prohibit mask mandates, including in schools. (Tennessean, Chalkbeat TN, Associated Press, ABC 9)
- The Democrats’ social spending and infrastructure bills are still up in the air. Education funding has been significantly slimmed down from the initial proposal - especially in regards to K-12 infrastructure, but funding for HBCUs and Universal Pre-K remain. (The 74 Million, Inside Higher Ed)
- USA Today (Nina Rees, CEO & President National Alliance for Public Charter Schools): Listen to parents: Families say they want more school choice. We should give it to them.
- Washington Post (James Hohmann, Opinion Columnist): Republicans are testing messages to reverse their suburban slide, and education is a winner
- Hechinger Report (Aaron Pallas, Professor of Education @ Columbia University): Why school ratings can backfire