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Marjorie Taylor Greene floats bills to cut Fauci’s salary, ‘ban’ vaccine passports

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Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) on Thursday put forward a pair of bills that would lower Dr. Anthony Fauci‘s salary to 0$ and outlaw vaccine passports, though neither having a serious chance of passing.

In a Thursday press release, the controversial congresswoman slammed Fauci—the nation’s top infectious disease official—and proposed the “Fire Fauci Act”. The bill would cut Fauci’s salary down to $0 “until a new NIAID [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] Administrator is confirmed by the Senate” and launch an investigation to find out “what Fauci and the NIAID knew, when they knew it, what they spent money on and how the agency responded to the virus.”

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However, the NIAID director’s appointment is not subject to Senate confirmation, as Politico‘s Andrew Desiderio and others pointed out. Even if the bill is passed, it is unclear if such a pay cut could be authorized, according to The Hill.

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The second proposed bill, the “We Will Not Comply Act,” would “ban” vaccine passports—documents that verify one’s COVID-19 vaccination status—by prohibiting businesses engaging in interstate commerce from “discriminating against a person based on their COVID-19 vaccine status”. Among other proposals, it would also allow people to sue businesses with such a requirement.

Neither of Greene’s bills, however, are expected to pass—with Democrats in control of the House.

RELATED: Rep. Murphy rips vaccine passports, accuses Dems of wanting ‘police state’

Like Greene, other Republican lawmakers have blasted Fauci for what they see as missteps during the pandemic’s early stages, as well as for claims of inconsistency and political bias.

RELATED: Rand Paul: ‘Dr. Fauci needs to put up or shut up’

As for vaccine passports, many GOP governors have slammed the concept—with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, for example, pushing for his state to ban any requirement for such passports.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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Remote Learning Lowered Test Scores in Every State; Minority Students Hit the Worst

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A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) shows remote learning has had a negative impact on students’ test scores in every state. Not only were students across the country affected, minority students were impacted the most.

According to the publication, remote learning led to declines in test scores for English and math, when compared to scores of students who went to schools with more in-person learning. “Our research shows that test score losses are significantly larger in districts with less in-person learning,” said Emily Oster, professor of economics at Brown University.

“This suggests, yes, that virtual learning was – and is – less effective than in-person learning, at least as measured by school-based testing” added Oster. “Passing rates in math declined by 14.2 percentage points on average; we estimate this decline was 10.1 percentage points smaller for districts fully in-person,” the study found.

The research combined “district-level schooling mode data from the 2020-21 school year,” “district-level test score data from 2015 to 2021” and “demographic data from the NCES,” according to the study.

Data was collected from students in third to eighth grades in 12 states: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Score declines showed variations by state, as well. Virginia “which had the most complete virtual learning time, along with Colorado, saw an almost 32% drop on math test scores in the 2020-21 school year when compared to the 2018-19 school year” reports Tampa Free Press.

Wyoming, however, “which had the most in-person learning, along with Florida, saw just a 2.3% drop in English, the study found.”

“Changes in English Language Arts (ELA) were smaller than math scores overall, but drops in scores were greater in districts with larger black and Hispanic populations and students eligible for free and reduced lunch prices” reports Tampa Free Press.

“Districts that have a larger share of black and Hispanic students and less in-person schooling also saw a greater decline in ELA test scores than those with more in-person schooling. “

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