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Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speaking in Washington, D.C., in February 2020. Photo: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on Thursday will call for a full reopening of U.S. schools in the next academic year, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: Teachers' unions have been a primary barrier to reopening schools this academic year, and around half of public schools are not offering in-person learning five days per week because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The American Federation of Teachers is the second-largest teachers' union in the country, representing 1.7 million members in cities like Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

What they're saying: “There is no doubt: Schools must be open. In person. Five days a week," Weingarten will say, according to prepared remarked reviewed by the Times.

  • “The United States will not be fully back until we are fully back in school. And my union is all in."

The big picture: Weingarten is expected to argue that the health risks can be managed through masking and handwashing, decreasing class sizes and hosting classes in spaces outside of school buildings, according to the Times.

  • She is also expected to commit $5 million for building confidence in returning to school.

Go deeper: Teachers union president Randi Weingarten on reopening schools

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America is finally winning its fight against the coronavirus

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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

America’s battle against the coronavirus is going great.

The big picture: For the first time in a long time, nobody needs to cherry-pick some misleading data to make it seem like things are going well, and the good news doesn’t need an endless list of caveats, either. It’s just really good news. We’re winning. Be happy.

Ohio offering shot at $1M to vaccinated people in state lottery

Mike DeWine. Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) on Wednesday announced multiple monetary incentives for residents who get vaccinated for COVID-19 as he lifted pandemic health orders statewide.

Why it matters: DeWine noted that 42% of Ohioans have been fully vaccinated. The incentive programs align with a drop in vaccine demand in recent weeks.