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School closures from the coronavirus pandemic could cause global GDP to be 1.5% lower for the remainder of the century, resulting in a $15 trillion loss for the U.S. economy, according to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Why it matters: The OECD projects that missed time in the classroom would result in a loss of the skills needed to boost economic productivity.

The big picture: Children are having to rely on their own resources to learn despite efforts from schools and educators to adapt lesson plans. Meanwhile, many parents have been unable to return to work because they can't find the childcare usually provided by schools.

Yes, but: The OECD notes that its estimates only calculate how the current school year affects the economy, and assumes that future cohorts of students will return to normal schooling.

  • "If schools are slow to return to prior levels of performance, the growth losses will be proportionately higher," the authors write.

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Dec 12, 2020 - Health

CDC: Public schools need about $22 billion to safely reopen doors

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Public schools would have to spend between $55 and $442 per student on average to implement COVID-19 safety precautions for in-person classes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated on Friday.

Why it matters: Schools have already spent millions to re-open and close — hitting many districts with pandemic-strained budgets particularly hard.

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Ex-USA Gymnastics coach dies by suicide after being charged with human trafficking

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The body of John Geddert was found on Thursday, just hours after the former USA Gymnastics coach was charged with 24 counts of criminal misconduct, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

What they're saying: “My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life. This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved," Nessel said in a statement.

House passes Equality Act to boost LGBTQ protections

A protester holds a rainbow flag in Times Square in Oct. 2020. Photo: John Lamparski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The House voted 224-206 on Thursday to pass the Equality Act, which would expand federal protections for LGBTQ people by prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Why it matters: The legislation passed in the House in May 2019, but never reached the Republican-controlled Senate under former President Trump. Democratic leaders believe there is a chance to pass the act into law this year with a 50-50 split in the Senate, but it is uncertain whether enough Republicans will support the bill for it to move forward.