Deep Dive (July 30): Learning Fell Behind During Lockdown: Report

Several union groups pushed back against the possible vaccine mandate for federal workers, with some saying the issue—and even virus testing for workers—must be negotiated with the union itself, not forced by the government. Larry Cosme, the national president at the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, told The Washington Post that if President Joe Biden mandates the vaccines, there will be an “avalanche” of pushback. This comes as a restaurant group will require all patrons to prove they’ve been vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Employees will also be subject to a vaccine mandate.

A new report indicates that elementary school students fell four to five months behind in math and reading during the past school year, the unintended consequences of pandemic lockdowns and remote learning. The impact of pandemic lockdowns goes beyond academic performance. The Department of Education said in a report last month that during the pandemic, students suffered from grief, isolation, and uncertainty. This has been linked to a jump in suicides among some school-age children.

A California city has ordered vaccinated government employees to wear stickers if they want to work without masks on. Workers who haven’t been vaccinated or don’t provide proof or verification of their vaccination will be required to wear masks. John Dutrey, the mayor of Montclair, California, and other officials told local media that the requirement falls in line with the state’s Department of Public Health and Occupational Safety and Health Administration orders.

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