The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about once every 10 hours as it pushes back against Beijing’s expansive campaign to steal American intellectual property (IP) and influence policymakers, FBI director Christopher Wray said in a speech on July 7. Wray warned that Beijing’s counterintelligence and economic espionage operations are the “greatest long-term threat” to the United States’ economic and national security. Its stealing of U.S. technology and trade secrets is on a scale “so massive that it represents one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history,” he said in a speech given at the Washington-based think tank Hudson Institute. His remarks come as the Trump administration ramps up its actions and rhetoric against the Chinese regime in a range of issues from…
“Ultimately, it’s not a matter of if schools need to open, it’s a matter of how,” DeVos said during a call with governors, reported The Associated Press. “School[s] must reopen, they must be fully operational. And how that happens is best left to education and community leaders.”
The remark comes as some school districts are considering a hybrid model, with students going to school a few days a week for traditional in-person learning and learning from home the rest of the week. Meanwhile, some districts have yet to decide at what capacity the schools should operate in the fall, as the pandemic lingers in their regions.
DeVos specifically called out the Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia, which is asking parents to choose between a school year offered entirely online and a mixture of in-person and online learning.
“A choice of two days per week in the classroom is not a choice at all,” she said, according to the Associated Press.
“Students across the country have already fallen behind. We need to make sure that they catch up,” DeVos said, urging the governors to help schools return to normalcy. “It’s expected that it will look different depending on where you are, but what’s clear is that students and their families need more options.”
President Donald Trump on Tuesday also pledged to pressure state leaders he believes are politicizing the decision to reopen schools.
“We don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons鈥攖hey think it’s gonna be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed鈥攏o way,” Trump said during a round-table discussion at White House, after crediting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who ordered schools in his state to reopen next month.
“So we’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open,” the president continued. “And it’s very important. It’s very important for our country. It’s very important for the well-being of the student and the parents.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended schools to start with a goal of “having students physically present in school” when they plan to reopen in the fall. The organization says keeping students at home can lead to social isolation, and makes it difficult for schools to identify and address learning deficits, as well as child abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation.
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WASHINGTON鈥擳he job market took a big step toward healing in May, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that the number of available jobs rose sharply as well, but remained far below pre-pandemic levels. The figures, from the government’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey (pdf), or JOLTS, illustrate the whiplash the economy has experienced since the pandemic intensified in mid-March. Layoffs soared in March to a stunning 11.5 million, roughly four times the peak during the 2008-2009 recession. They remained extraordinarily high in April, at 7.7 million, but in May they fell back to pre-pandemic levels of 1.8 million. Hiring, meanwhile, plunged in April to 4 million, the lowest level since 2011, but…