“I’ve never been more optimistic about the future in America,” Biden told the rally. “America’s on the move again. We’re choosing hope over fear. Truth over lies. Light over darkness. And we’re working again.”
“You really couldn’t get away from the fact, over the course of the past year, how essential child care is to us as a country and is to families,” Sarah Rattling of the First Five Years Fund, a nonprofit focused on increasing child care access, told WABE’s Martha Dalton.
In addition to free preschool, Biden’s proposal would subsidize child care for younger children. For low-income families, it would be free.
“The average cost of child care in Fulton County, for example, is about $8,500,” said Pam Tatum with Quality Care for Children, a Georgia-based organization that helps parents find child care.” If you have an infant, you can easily spend $10-to-12,000 a year. So that’s a big burden on families.”
But Tatum is also concerned because the plan would require centers to pay workers a minimum of $15 an hour.
“In Georgia right now, the average is about $11,” said Tatum. “So to increase the wages for child care workers would put many of them out of business. They simply can’t afford it.”
The president’s plan is just an idea right now. It could change significantly as it moves through Congress. Meanwhile, lawmakers from both parties on Capitol Hill have introduced their own bills addressing problems with child care.
To mask, or not to mask, the CDC has guidance …
People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can relax some coronavirus prevention measures, according to Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“If you are fully vaccinated and want to attend a small outdoor gathering with people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated or dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households, the science shows if you are vaccinated, you can do so safely unmasked,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.
But the CDC warns large, crowded gatherings like outdoor concerts, still carry risk of coronavirus infections. The agency considers someone “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving their final vaccine dose.
The three men remain jailed on state murder charges and are due back in court this month.
Morehouse, Spelman and others pull out of tournament over racial taunts …
More than 20 schools pulled out of a national debate championship over reports that Atlanta’s Morehouse College debate team endured racist taunts.
The tournament was later canceled after vocal opposition from Morehouse and Spelman students.
The teams from the historically Black colleges say they withdrew after some were mocked by rival debaters, including opponents using a “racist caricature” of Morehouse students’ voices.
The tournament’s organizers released a statement, taking full responsibility for the “anti-Blackness and racism” that transpired at the tournament.
“It’s gonna take a lot more than just the tournament putting out a statement condemning what we experienced,” said Morehouse debate coach Ken Newby. “We’re going to have to come together as a debate community to come up with things that they can put in place to mitigate the emergence of these types of issues.”
One solution would be to have more Black participants, judges and administrators in the debate space, said Newby.