Chicago schools reopen this week. But the fight reflects a nationwide struggle

Published January 11, 2022 at 8:27 AM EST
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union and their supporters participate in a car caravan around City Hall to protest against in-person learning in Chicago public schools on Monday in Chicago.
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Members of the Chicago Teachers Union and their supporters participate in a car caravan around City Hall to protest against in-person learning in Chicago public schools on Monday in Chicago.

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Here are the top stories we're following today:

Chicago schools agreement: The city's public school system is set to resume classes on Wednesday after reaching a deal with the teachers union late Monday.

Cost of climate disasters: The U.S. had 20 weather and climate disasters that each cost at least $1 billion in 2021, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Voting rights pivot: President Biden is set to give a big address on voting rights in Atlanta today. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, one of the champions of voting rights legislation, wants Biden to "stay on course" and show his strong intentions on the issue.

🎧 Also on Up First, our daily podcast, how Australians are reacting to tennis star Novak Djokovic's attempt to play at the Australian Open with a COVID-19 vaccine exemption.

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