Senate Passes Infrastructure Deal, Schools Reopen, Masks & Vaccinations Continue to be Contentious.

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  • Today, the Senate passed a $1T Infrastructure deal with bipartisan support. As the name suggests, the bill deals primarily with the nation’s infrastructure and includes a $65B investment for updating the nation’s broadband, funding for school infrastructure, and investments for HBCUs. (CNN, NY Times, CNBC, The Washington Post, AP News, Politico, NPR, The Atlantic


  • It’s the first week of school for districts across the country and reviews are mixed. Masks, distance learning vs. in-person learning, and Covid-19 vaccinations and testing are all issues with folks on both sides of the aisle, nationwide. (Politico, Washington Post, AP, EdWeek)


EdWeek (Andrew Ujifusa, K-12 Reporter): New Eviction Moratorium Doesn’t End Fears About Students and Homelessness Amid COVID


Washington Post (Andrew Jeong, National Reporter): Tennessee could withhold millions from schools found to violate guidelines on teaching critical race theory 


CalMatters (Joe Hong, K-12 Reporter): California lawmakers and teachers unions stop short of a vaccine mandate BUT ALSO Politico (Mackenzie Mays, K-12 Reporter): Newsom to announce nation’s first vax-or-test rules for teachers 

Texas Tribune (Brian Lopez, Public Education Reporter): Gov. Greg Abbott’s order banning mask mandates in Texas schools faces lawsuit, defiance by big-city districts