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Mike Allen and Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) talk school safety. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

Axios' Mike Allen hosted "A Conversation on Education in America" with a trio of governors from both sides of the aisle. They discussed how to improve our education system, and how to make our schools safer in the wake of the mass shooting at Florida's Stoneman Douglas High.

Why it mattered: While these governors come from very different states, it became clear they face the same issues with school funding, safety, and dropouts.

Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC): "We shouldn't be cutting taxes for the wealthy and for corporations at the expense of education." Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) advocates for personalized learning: "The biggest mistake we make on K-12 education is a one-size-fits-all approach. Family and parent engagement is critical to inform our instruction." Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Gov. Jeff Colyer (R-KS): "Education is about results. To achieve those results, you need quality data. With that, superior student outcomes are absolutely achievable." Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

Following President Trump's proposition to arm teachers, Mike asked each governor to respond.

What they said:

  • Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC): "I think it's ridiculous."
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO): "I have met a few teachers that thought that was a good idea [to carry guns], and would do it. Almost every teacher thought it was a terrible idea. They thought it would make schools less safe."
  • Gov. Jeff Colyer (R-KS): "This might be a good solution."

Thank you to The 74 & The Walton Family Foundation for sponsoring this event.

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Why it matters: Biden is facing criticism from the right and the left as agency actions and media reports reveal spiking numbers of migrant children overwhelming parts of the U.S. immigration system. Recent data shows an average of 321 kids being referred to migrant shelters each day, as Axios reported.

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69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.

Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan, with 56% of Republicans who say they want or have already received a coronavirus vaccine compared to 83% of Democrats.

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Driving the news: The top-line targets for 2025, per state media, aim to lower energy intensity by 13.5% and carbon emissions intensity by 18% — that is, measures of energy use and emissions relative to economic output.