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What The $300 A Month Child Benefit Could Mean For A Family On The Edge

What The $300 A Month Child Benefit Could Mean For A Family On The Edge

How Families Will Spend The Stimulus Bill's New Child Cash Benefit The monthly checks would mark a big shift in the federal government's approach to child poverty. One study estimates they could cut the number of poor children by half.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsPullups for a toddler who is potty training. A bicycle. Clothes that aren't hand-me-downs. A home with heat and working plumbing. A trip to the zoo. Four in 10 children in the U.S. struggling to afford basic expenses, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Now, as part of the $1.9 trillion...

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With One Move, Congress Could Lift Millions Of Children Out Of Poverty

With One Move, Congress Could Lift Millions Of Children Out Of Poverty

Proposed Child Tax Credit Could Cut Child Poverty Nearly In Half Lawmakers are weighing a proposal to give families with kids a monthly cash benefit to help ease the lifelong pull of poverty. Experts say it could cut U.S. child poverty nearly in half.Toggle more optionsToggle more optionsThe COVID-19 relief bill working its way through Congress is full of big ideas to help people. But there's one idea that's so big, it was politically unthinkable not that long ago. President Biden and Democratic lawmakers want to fight child poverty by giving U.S. families a few hundred dollars every month...

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CDC Offers Clearest Guidance Yet For Reopening Schools

CDC Offers Clearest Guidance Yet For Reopening Schools

CDC Releases New Guidelines For Reopening Schools The updated guidelines make key changes to earlier language and include a new color-coded chart that divides school reopening options into four zones based on the level of community transmission.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsUpdated at 5:30 p.m. ET The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help school leaders decide how to safely bring students back into classrooms, or keep them there. Rather than a political push to reopen schools, the update is a measured, data-driven effort to expand on old recommendations and...

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Keep Schools Open All Summer, And Other Bold Ideas To Help Kids Catch Up

Keep Schools Open All Summer, And Other Bold Ideas To Help Kids Catch Up

Summer School And Other Solutions For Coronavirus Lost Learning Educators, parents and students say there's a chance to take stock and reinvent education.Toggle more optionsIt's been 11 months since schools first shut down across the country and around the world. And most students in the U.S. are still experiencing disruptions to their learning — going into the classroom only a few days a week or not at all. To respond to this disruption, education leaders are calling for a reinvention of public education on the order of the , the massive U.S. initiative to rebuild Western Europe after the...

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Biden Administration Proposes $130 Billion To Help Schools Reopen

Biden Administration Proposes $130 Billion To Help Schools Reopen

Biden Administration Proposes $130 Billion To Help Schools Reopen President Biden's relief bill currently includes $130 billion for public K-12 schools. The biggest chunk of of the spending would go to districts to avoid layoffs and hire more personnel.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsPresident Biden's relief bill currently includes $130 billion for public K-12 schools. The biggest chunk of of the spending would go to districts to avoid layoffs and hire more personnel.NPR thanks our sponsors

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Biden's Plans To Reopen Schools In His First 100 Days

Biden's Plans To Reopen Schools In His First 100 Days

Biden's Plans To Reopen Schools In His First 100 Days Biden has made reopening most K-12 schools a major priority for his first 100 days and he's signed a flurry of executive orders indicating a much stronger role in federal leadership to do that safely.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsBiden has made reopening most K-12 schools a major priority for his first 100 days and he's signed a flurry of executive orders indicating a much stronger role in federal leadership to do that safely.NOEL KING, HOST:President Biden has called closed schools a national emergency. He says he wants...

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Why Billions In Food Aid Hasn't Gotten To Needy Families

Why Billions In Food Aid Hasn't Gotten To Needy Families

With Child Hunger Rising, A Federal Aid Program Has Stalled The federal government has yet to approve plans in most states for giving out money that was authorized in October.When schools shut down in the spring, that raised immediate worries about the nearly 30 million children who depend on school food. Those worries were essentially borne out, with researchers reporting a large rise in child hunger. According to a report from , 1 in 4 households with children experienced food insecurity in 2020. "These are just levels that we've never seen before," says Diane Schanzenbach, an economist...

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Amid Surges, Teachers Line Up For Their Vaccines

Amid Surges, Teachers Line Up For Their Vaccines

As COVID-19 Surges, Teachers Are High Priority For Vaccines Designated as frontline essential workers, some educators see a path out of "the lion's den."Toggle more optionsToggle more optionsDon Brown has been driving a school bus for more than 20 years in the Chicago area. And for all that time, he's noticed one odd student habit. As they climb aboard his bus, "when they get to the top step, they always cough," he says. "This was even before the pandemic! Or, when they get ready to get off, they say 'Bye, bus driver!' and they cough." Because of this, Brown says, he hopes he'll be getting...

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Biden Wants To Help Pay Some Student Loans, But There's Pressure To Go Further

Biden Wants To Help Pay Some Student Loans, But There's Pressure To Go Further

Biden Backs Debt Relief For Student Borrowers During COVID-19 : Biden Transition Updates The president-elect called for immediate action to help borrowers who are "having to make choices between paying their student loan and paying the rent."President-elect Joe Biden has affirmed his support for erasing some student debt "immediately." Student debt forgiveness was a major campaign plank of some of his more for the Democratic nomination, but it remains controversial even among some Democrats. In answer to a question at a Monday press conference, Biden repeated his support for a provision...

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New York City Mayor Warns Schools Might Need To Close Next Week

New York City Mayor Warns Schools Might Need To Close Next Week

New York City Mayor Warns Schools Might Need To Close Next Week Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that schools in New York City could close as early as Monday. There's a debate over whether schools should be closed while restaurants and bars remain open.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsMayor Bill de Blasio warned that schools in New York City could close as early as Monday. There's a debate over whether schools should be closed while restaurants and bars remain open.ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:All right. So as the U.S. heads into what looks like the worst stage of the coronavirus pandemic so...

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