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How did schools spend COVID-19 funds?

Congress provided nearly $200 billion in emergency funding for schools within the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite the huge sums of money, the nation's report card found student test scores are still lower across the board compared with pre-pandemic levels. Professor Thomas Kane, economist and faculty director at Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research, joined CBS News to discuss why schools have struggled to get a handle on COVID recovery.


Challenging state bans on school mask mandates

The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights says five states' bans on school mask mandates may violate the civil rights of students with disabilities. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives' January 6 commission is preparing to request the phone records of hundreds of people related to the U.S. Capitol attack. CBS News legal analyst and professor at Loyola Law School Jessica Levinson joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to discuss.

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