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The coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted the need for "broadband access for everyone," Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) said during an Axios at a virtual event that aired Thursday.

Why it matters: The shift to remote learning during the pandemic exposed a stark digital divide, disproportionately affecting students of color and those from low-income households.

What she's saying: "I really don't think in the immediate future we should see a world where everything is virtual and everybody is on their screen," Houlahan said.

  • "But I do think we need to see a world where, should we be in an unfortunate position where another shock to our system — like a pandemic — happens that we do have access to technologies equitably, and that means broadband access for everyone," she added.
  • "So there are real issues of inequity, not just in the urban parts of my community, but also in the rural parts too, and that's hopefully what we'll be able to accomplish with some of the infrastructure packages that we're pushing for."

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Democratic lawmaker: Government needs to boost wages to address teacher shortages

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The federal government needs to ensure that teachers in the U.S. get paid better wages to address teacher shortages in rural areas, Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) said on Thursday during an Axios virtual event.

Why it matters: Teachers make 20% less in weekly wages than other college-educated people with non-teaching positions, according to research from the Economic Policy Institute.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne's spent longer under lockdowns than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.