Clare Lombardo
Clare Lombardo, photographed for NPR, 11 March 2020, in Washington DC.
Stories By

Clare Lombardo

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is a defendant in a new lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union along with a number of disability rights groups and parents of children with disabilities. Jeffrey Collins/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jeffrey Collins/AP

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks at a March briefing at the White House. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Education Department Will Erase $5.8 Billion In Loans For Borrowers With Disabilities

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1029294871/1029437875" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Students arrive for the first day of school on Aug. 10 at Sessums Elementary School in Hillsborough County, Fla. After thousands of students were put in isolation or quarantine, the district is revisiting its safety protocols, including its mask-optional policy. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Chris O'Meara/AP

With Most Kids Unvaccinated And Class Starting, Schools Come Up With Safety Protocols

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1027537464/1027537465" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

This week, Natalie McCray, 13, returned to in-person school for the first time since the pandemic began. She spent her first day introducing herself to new people and raising her hand in class — something she said she rarely used to do. Nicole Buchanan for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Nicole Buchanan for NPR

An 8th-Grader Finally Returns To School In Person, Hoping It Lasts

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1026730652/1027342595" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona visits White Plains High School in White Plains, N.Y., on April 22. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Lennihan/AP

Students Need To Be In Classrooms, With Masks, This Fall, Education Secretary Says

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1022429844/1023637273" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Juanmonino/Getty Images

Kindergarten Enrollment Fell Last Year. Now Schools Wonder How Many Kids Are Coming

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1017879933/1020866566" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

People gather last month on Indiana University's Bloomington campus to protest the college's vaccine requirement. A group of students sued the school, claiming the policy violated their rights. Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Becky Harlan/NPR

What Listeners Told Us About The Importance Of Getting Names Right

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/989609197/992922669" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Drew Lehman of Lansdale, Pa., became unable to work after a traumatic car accident. He is currently navigating the confusing, bureaucratic process of getting his federal student loans discharged. /Natalie Piserchio for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
/Natalie Piserchio for NPR

Education Dept. Restores Debt Cancellation For Some Borrowers With Disabilities

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/981571115/982417687" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript