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Data: Back-to-School National Educator Survey / Teachers Pay Teachers. Chart: Axios Visuals

Back-to-school plans have teachers and parents on edge — but for different reasons, according to two surveys out this morning.

Why it matters: Parents and teachers have proven to be powerful forces in influencing local back-to-school plans, but many feel conflicted about their local districts' fall plans and others feel unprepared to tackle all-virtual or hybrid learning.

Parents' top concern is their child getting COVID-19 (66%), followed by their child being a carrier of the virus and spreading it to someone else (51%), and children not social distancing (49%), according to a Care.com survey of 2,019 parents.

  • 74% of parents say they're not satisfied by or don't know what their local government's back-to-school plan is.
  • Only 17% of parents feel prepared for virtual learning or homeschooling.
  • 65% of parents expect to need more childcare than they currently have in the fall.

Meanwhile: When asked what would make them most comfortable, top responses were to continue virtual or homeschooling until a vaccine is available (21%) or until there are significantly fewer cases in their state (20%), and a staggered virtual and in-person school schedule (20%).

A majority of teachers (52%) are worried about implementing the instructional models they've been directed to prepare for the fall, whether it be in-person classes, remote instruction or hybrid models, according to a survey of 1,101 PreK-12 teachers by Teachers Pay Teachers.

  • 93% of educators are worried about providing equitable instruction to all students.
  • 82% predict a lack of internet access for students will be at least somewhat of a barrier, while 79% say the inability to communicate with students and families will be a barrier.
  • 71% are taking courses to learn more about remote instruction or are brushing up on tech tools for the fall.

Between the lines: In the Washington, D.C. area, local school district surveys have shown diverging preferences between parents and teachers — with more parents hoping children will physically go back to school due to child care and academic concerns, and more teachers preferring virtual classes to prevent the virus' spread.

  • These surveys indicate more overlap in their worries: Parents are also acutely worried about children's health risk and teachers are highly concerned about being able to deliver a quality educational experience virtually.

Separately, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of available data showed that while COVID-19 illness is significantly less severe in children, some do get very sick in rare instances.

  • And while children do transmit the virus to others, more evidence is needed to determine the frequency and extent of the transmission, per the brief.

Go deeper: Reopening schools is a lose-lose dilemma for many families of color

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Why it matters: The Biden campaign is focusing on Latino voters just days before the election. The campaign had previously launched an ad focused on the family separations at the border called "Números."

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The League of Conservation Voters and Climate Power are aiming another $4 million worth of ads at centrist House Democrats, urging them to support the climate provisions in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Progressive groups are trying to counter the onslaught of conservative money pouring into swing districts. Both sides are trying to define Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda and pressure lawmakers to support — or oppose — the legislation scheduled for a vote in the House this week.

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The Senate will hold a futile vote Monday night — just 72 hours before a potential shutdown — on a House-passed bill to fund the government through Dec. 3 and raise the debt limit.

Why it matters: The bill is going to fail. Period. But then comes Plan B: A "clean" continuing resolution — stripped of language about raising the debt limit — that Democrats spent the past week preparing, Axios is told.