In labor and education news, Chicago teachers approved a plan to return to in-person teaching. Some teachers and students are expected to return to classrooms as soon as this week, with a staggered reentry for pre-K through eighth grade. No date has been set for reopening high schools yet. The agreement between the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district also calls for an increased allotment of vaccines for teachers, improved ventilation in schools, and better contact tracing protocols.
In related news, the White House said Tuesday the administration is aiming to have over 50% of schools hold at least one day of in-person teaching per week within its first 100 days, rather than the much more ambitious goal Biden announced in December of reopening “a majority of our schools” within his first 100 days.