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Unlike in other parts of the United States, Los Angeles isn’t debating whether to send students back into physical classrooms. The city's schools have already decided to be fully remote through at least the end of 2020.

Axios Re:Cap digs in with Austin Beutner, LA Unified School District superintendent, about why he made the decision, getting technology to students, contact tracing and what he thinks about President Trump's funding cut threat.

Editor’s note: This episode was updated to clarify that the Los Angeles Unified School District is starting the school year remotely and will return to classrooms as soon as possible.

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Oct 20, 2020 - Health

Schools haven't become COVID hotspots

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Reopened schools generally have not experienced large coronavirus outbreaks, an early sign that they may not be the super-spreaders some experts had feared.

Why it matters: Data so far suggest that schools can be safely reopened, alleviating one of the biggest and most sensitive tensions of the pandemic.

Scoop: Border officials project 13,000 child migrants in May

The "El Chaparral" border crossing at Tijuana. Photo: Stringer/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

A Customs and Border Protection staffer told top administration officials Thursday the agency is projecting a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border in May, sources directly familiar with the discussion told Axios.

Why it matters: That projection would exceed the height of the 2019 crisis, which led to the infamous "kids-in-cages" disaster. It also underscores a rapidly escalating crisis for the Biden administration.

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U.S. strikes Iran-backed militia facilities in Syria

President Biden at the Pentagon on Feb. 10. Photo: Alex Brandon - Pool/Getty Images

The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.