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As President Biden pushes to get U.S. schools fully open soon, an art exhibit aims to help people visualize what it means that they're closed.

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Oklahoma's State Senate passed a bill Tuesday to open up transfer options for students. Senate Bill 783 would make transferring easier for students who want to switch public school districts.

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In part two of a story about what in-person school looks like in Oklahoma, StateImpact’s Robby Korth takes us to Hillcrest Elementary School in El Reno. The district has gone to great lengths to make in-person schooling work.

Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

The vast majority of Oklahoma students are attending school in person. But what does that look like? StateImpact’s Robby Korth visited El Reno High School to find out.

A pair of bills that change the way schools are funded and open up transfers for K-12 students, passed through the Oklahoma State House of Representatives Wednesday.

When the school district in Pima, Ariz., got its first round of federal pandemic relief last summer, Superintendent Sean Rickert put it toward the expenses incurred while suddenly shifting classes online at the start of the pandemic.

Now, as some Republicans in Congress question why COVID-19 aid for schools has not yet been spent, Rickert is just learning how much his district will get from a second relief bill approved in December.

The U.S. Education Department says states must resume the annual testing of students that was suspended a year ago amid the pandemic.

For the past two decades, federal law has required schools to test students once each year in math and reading, in grades three through eight and once in high school. And they are required to publicly report these standardized test results, broken out by racial and ethnic group and disability status, and in some cases, hold schools accountable with various sanctions if their students score too low.

The House Budget Committee has approved legislation advancing President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, setting a path for intense debate in the Senate.

The legislation is set for a vote on the House floor at the end of the week. The Senate is then expected to take up the legislation and attempt to modify it to ensure it can pass procedural hurdles while still satisfying all 50 Senate Democrats.

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Monday was the first day most Oklahoma teachers and school support staff could be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Joe Biden has now been president for one month.

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