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As more students return to the classroom in the coming weeks, parents across the country are finding back-to-school shopping even more stressful due to a shortage of supplies and rising prices.

Driving the news: Back-to-school products are expected to be in tight supply and more expensive this year due to more classrooms fully reopening after a year of virtual learning and supply chain issues as a result of COVID-19, USA Today reports.

  • Customers can expect to pay anywhere from 10% to 15% more on apparel and supplies due to a 6% inflation in apparel, per USA Today.

In Takoma, Washington, Dale Fusch, the president of teacher supply store Strictly for Kids, said suppliers have raised prices "multiple times."

In Houston, Texas, there's concern among parents they won't be able to find khakis and polos that meet dress code requirements, ABC13 found.

In Cincinnati, Ohio, there were no Disney backpacks to be found, ABC9 reported.

The big picture: Retail experts are predicting that items such as backpacks, stationary and laptops may be in short supply through August.

  • Families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of $848.90 on school items, which is $59 more than last year, per the National Retail Federation.
  • USA TODAY found that Target and Walmart stores in Florida and California had well-stocked school supply sections.
  • “Consumers seem to be aware of some of these challenges, which is why more are getting their back-to-school shopping out of the way earlier than usual," said Neil Saunders, managing director of consultancy GlobalData Retail, per USA Today.

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Changing the inflation conversation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Inflation looks like it’ll run hot for longer than plenty of smart people thought it would. The conversation over just how much more Americans will have to pay for their stuff has taken on a new intensity, as supply problems show few signs of fading.

Why it matters: The rate of price growth has remained consistently strong in recent months — a time that some thought would bring cooling prices after an initial reopening spike. What goes on with prices will influence the decisions made by Congress, the Biden Administration, and the Federal Reserve.

Oct 20, 2021 - Health

White House unveils plan to "quickly" vaccinate kids ages 5–11

Charles Muro, 13, is inoculated at Hartford Healthcare's mass vaccination center at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11, pending authorization from the FDA of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, and tens of thousands of pharmacies to administer the shots.

Updated 53 mins ago - World

Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.