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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona told MSNBC on Thursday he expects "all schools to be open full-time in-person for all students" by September.

Driving the news: A survey released Thursday by the Department of Education suggests Biden has met his goal of having "most" elementary and middle open for full-time in-person learning by the end of his first 100 days in office, according to AP.

  • 54% of schools up to the high school level are offering full-time classroom instruction, up from 46% in January. Nearly 40% are still holding all classes remotely, while 2 in 10 are using a hybrid model.
  • "Until we're at 100%, we must keep our foot on the gas pedal," Cardona said Thursday, adding that he'd prefer to have all schools open this spring.

The big picture: The CDC has advised that schools can conduct some form of in-person learning, even with various levels of community spread. It recently updated the guidelines to advise students to social distance at least three feet from one another, as opposed to six.

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Schools unlikely to require COVID vaccine as teens become eligible

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Even if most middle and high schoolers become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine over the summer, most schools aren't likely to mandate them, at least not this year.

Driving the news: The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds soon.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
May 5, 2021 - Economy & Business

How the pandemic could personalize education

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The pandemic has shaken up the present and the future of education, and one result could be a greater focus on personalized learning.

Why it matters: Education has long been a slow-to-change industry, but the forced introduction of remote learning and the movement of some families out of public schools could lead to a technology-forward approach that is more tailored to individual students — and risks leaving the less advantaged behind.

Updated May 5, 2021 - Health

Federal judge overturns CDC's eviction moratorium

Maricopa County constable Lenny McCloskey speaks with a renter after evicting her from a hotel for non-payment on October 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The Justice Department is appealing a federal judge's decision to vacate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's temporary federal eviction moratorium, which had been extended multiple times since being enacted by the Trump administration last fall.

Why it matters: The nationwide halt on most evictions due to the pandemic was seen as a temporary fix for millions of renters put at risk of losing their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.