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Funding in the latest coronavirus stimulus package will help students "make up for this year of lost learning" during the pandemic, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said at an Axios event on Thursday.

Why it matters: Scott said the $100 billion that was appropriated for schools can be used for a number of costly fixes including improving ventilation, renovating outdated infrastructure and expanding broadband access.

  • Scott is aiming for schools to be able to open five days a week. The Biden administration is similarly pushing for schools to reopen safely.

Scott added that things like summer school, smaller class sizes or longer classes might be needed to get students who've been in remote learning back up to speed.

  • "[A] lot of these students haven't been in a classroom for a year. A lot have fallen way behind. They need to assess how far behind they've fallen. And we have to have a strategy to catch up," he said.

What they're saying: California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmon echoed Scott's sentiment at the event, telling Axios, "[T]hose resources are so important, it gives access to COVID testing. And even with vaccines, we know that for schools to get open safely and stay open safely, we have to have access to COVID testing."

  • "We have to have access to personal protective equipment. We still need people to be wearing masks, social distancing and having the supplies for disinfecting campuses," he added.

Watch the full event here.

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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.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.

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CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.