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The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that about 6 in 10 Americans say masks and vaccines should be required in schools.
The Biden administration says it will automatically erase student loan debt for more than 300,000 Americans with disabilities that leave them unable to earn significant incomes.
The Biden administration has announced that federal student loan payments will remain suspended through January 2022, extending a pause that was scheduled to expire next month.
The changes come amid a national vaccination campaign in which children as young as 12 are eligible to get shots, as well as a general decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.
In a policy directive, the department said discrimination based on a student's sexual orientation or gender identity will be treated as a violation of federal sex discrimination law.
The president of the American Federation of Teachers called Thursday for a full return to in-person learning in the fall, saying the union is "all in" on bringing students back to the classroom.
The Education Department has released survey data finding that 54% of public schools below high school offered full-time classroom learning in March. But most students were still learning at least partly away from school.
New evidence that it may be safe for schools to seat students three feet apart could offer a way to return more of the nation’s children to classrooms with limited space.
Biden also signed a second executive order formally establishing the White House Gender Policy Council, which his transition team had announced before he took office.
He takes charge of the Education Department amid mounting tension between Americans who believe students can safely return to the classroom now, and others who say the risks are still too great.
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