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As COVID Vaccine Rollout Approaches, States Weigh Whether to Place Teachers Near the Head of the Line

Jo Napolitano, The 74 Million |

Those eager to permanently reopen America’s schools are pushing hard for their high placement on the recipient list: Teachers given priority could receive the shots within weeks while those lumped in with the general population might wait months.

Many legislators, health care providers and economists believe that’s far too long. They say getting teachers back in the classroom is the only means to curb dramatic learning loss and jump start a lagging economy, freeing parents to focus on work rather than childcare.

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