The need for media literacy is more urgent than ever. Just think of the conversations surrounding the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines or the blizzard of lies concerning the results of the 2020 presidential election.

With parents returning to the workplace and fewer able to work remotely, returning students to the classroom is important on that front as well. Parents can’t be as flexible as they could be last school year.

Because of the combination of a record volume of unemployment claims due to the pandemic, unquantifiable identity theft fraud and the state’s own incompetence, the Illinois Department of Employment Security overpaid unemployment benefits by more than $120 million.