• Education

    Biden’s Goal for School Reopenings Suddenly Became More Attainable | Education News

    President Joe Biden pledged to reopen the majority of elementary and middle schools for in-person learning in the first 100 days of his administration. Now, the White House has clarified that it considers a school open if it offers students in-person instruction at least one day a week – a much lower threshold than his initial pitch suggested. “His goal that he set is to have the majority of schools, so more than 50 percent, open by Day 100 of his presidency,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday during the daily press briefing when asked what Biden’s definition of reopening is. “That means some teaching in classrooms, so…

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  • Jobs

    Did Biden’s Order To Halt Keystone XL Pipeline ‘Destroy’ 11,000 Jobs?

    After U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to stop construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Jan. 20, 2021, numerous readers asked Snopes to investigate the decision’s impact on jobs. Specifically, Biden’s critics circulated tweets and memes that claimed the new president was “destroying 11,000 jobs” by halting the massive infrastructure project. First, let us provide some background on the pipeline. Proposed in 2008, the 1,200-mile Keystone XL would mostly match the route of an already existing oil pipeline (Keystone), though take a more direct path from Nebraska to Alberta, Canada, and provide a new extension on the Gulf Coast of Texas. See the below-displayed map, created…

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  • Jobs

    How bleak January jobs report boosts chances of Biden’s stimulus plan

    January’s payrolls report showed disappointing job gains and more Americans leaving the labor force. The report amplified calls backing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. The absence of new aid risks permanent labor-market scarring, a former Fed economist said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The January jobs report painted a gloomy picture of the US labor market’s recovery. And that could be just what the Biden administration needs to justify its $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Initial readings of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Friday report were somewhat encouraging. The US added 49,000 nonfarm payrolls last month, a sharp reversal from the losses seen in December. The…

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    Stalling U.S. labor market bolsters Biden’s drive for big stimulus package

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment growth rebounded moderately in January and job losses in the prior month were deeper than initially thought, strengthening the case for a sizable relief package from the government to aid the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday showed job losses in manufacturing and construction, two sectors which have been propping up the economy. There were further job losses at restaurants and bars. Retailers and employers in the transportation industry also laid off workers. Millions of Americans are experiencing long spells of unemployment and permanent job losses, while others have given up searching for work. President Joe Biden…

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  • Education

    Biden’s would-be education secretary pioneered classroom race theory

    President Biden’s choice to lead the federal Department of Education, Miguel Cardona, is neither a tenured radical nor a vocal charter-school opponent. But during his tenure as Connecticut education commissioner, Cardona was a trailblazer in one respect that merits strict scrutiny: He oversaw the creation of America’s first state-mandated ethnic-studies course. The Connecticut legislature determined that all high schools must offer — though students needn’t necessarily take — a year-long “African-American, Black, Latino and Puerto Rican course of studies.” Proponents claim, reasonably enough, that it is beneficial for minority students to see people of their ethnic background represented in the curriculum. But these programs can also indoctrinate children into the…

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  • Exchange Student

    Rand Paul, in tense exchange, presses Biden’s Education Department nominee on transgender student athletes

    President Biden’s nominee for education secretary, Miguel Cardona, faced questions on transgender student athletes during a tense exchange with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday. On the first day of his term, President Biden issued an executive order calling on schools to allow transgender athletes to participate in sports corresponding to their gender identity rather than biological sex. Paul, however, noted that in 2020 the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights told Connecticut that allowing biological males to participate in girls’ sports violated the rights of female students under Title IX. BIDEN EXECUTIVE ORDER SAYS SCHOOLS SHOULD INCLUDE TRANSGENDER ATHLETES…

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  • Science

    At Biden’s request, Montana judge vacates Trump EPA’s ‘secret science’ rule

    The rule, which was made effective immediately, would assign less weight to studies built on medical histories and other confidential data from human subjects where the underlying information was not revealed. That sort of research — including dose-response studies, which evaluate how much a person’s exposure to a substance increases the risk of harm — have been used for decades to justify EPA regulations. Trump officials, including then-EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, argued that the new rule would provide the public with greater insight on the scientific basis for new regulations. But critics argued that the Trump administration aimed to impede or block access to the best available science, weakening the…

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