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- Federal Biden Taps Ex-Obama Aide Roberto Rodriguez for Key Education Department JobRodriguez served as a top education staffer to President Barack Obama and currently leads a teacher-advocacy organization.Federal Biden Pitches Plan to Expand Universal Pre-K, Free School Meal Programs, Teacher TrainingThe president's $1.8 trillion American Families Plan faces strong headwinds as Congress considers other costly administration proposals.Federal Education Department Kicks Off Summer Learning CollaborativeThe Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative will boost programs for students acutely affected by COVID-19 in 46 states.Federal As 100-Day Mark Approaches, Has Biden Met His School Reopening Goal? And What Comes Next?President Joe Biden faces a self-imposed deadline of having most K-8 schools open for in-person learning by his hundredth day in office.Federal How the Pandemic Is Affecting Schools' Mandated Collection of Key Civil Rights DataCOVID-19 has complicated the work of gathering a vast store of civil rights data about schools that is required by the Education Department.Federal To Get Remaining COVID-19 Aid, Schools and States Must Detail In-Person Learning PlansAmong other things, states and schools must detail the extent to which they will meet CDC recommendations on universal mask-wearing in schools.Federal Miguel Cardona: Schools Must Work to Win Trust of Families of Color as They ReopenAs Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced new school reopening resources, he encouraged a focus on equity and student engagement.Federal CDC: Nearly 80 Percent of K-12, Child-Care Workers Have Had at Least One COVID-19 ShotAbout four out of five teachers, school staffers, and child-care workers had first COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of March, CDC says.Federal Ed. Dept. to Review Title IX Rules on Sexual Assault, Gender Equity, LGBTQ RightsThe review could reopen a Trump-era debate on sexual assault in schools, and it could spark legal discord over transgender student rights.Federal Q&A EdWeek Q&A: Miguel Cardona Talks Summer Learning, Mental Health, and State TestsIn an interview after a school reopening summit, the education secretary also addressed teachers' union concerns about CDC guidance.Federal Senators Press Deputy Education Secretary Nominee on School Closures, Lost Learning TimeIf confirmed, San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten would be the Education Department's number two as it urges in-person learning.Federal Miguel Cardona Unveils Summer Learning Partnership, Releases Some COVID-19 AidThe department's summer learning collaborative with governors and state K-12 chiefs will focus on building capacity and sharing ideas.Federal Feds' First Survey of Pandemic Learning Finds Nearly Half of Students Taught RemotelyThe baseline survey also shows huge variation in how much daily "live" instruction 4th and 8th graders were getting in January.Federal Teachers' Union Leader Raises Concerns About CDC's Eased Distancing Guidelines for SchoolsAmerican Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is "not convinced" evidence supports the new COVID-19 mitigation recommendation.Federal CDC Eases Social Distancing Guidelines Seen as a Hurdle to School ReopeningThe CDC says three feet of distance between students who are wearing masks is acceptable in most cases.