Education Dept. Launches First Federal Effort To Track School Reopening

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School children wearing facemasks walk outside Condit Elementary School near Houston in December. The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that it will begin collecting data on the status of in-person learning during the pandemic.

For the first time since the pandemic began, the U.S. Education Department will begin tracking where schools have reopened and just how unequal the access to learning has been.

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