Cory Turner

Cory Turner edits and reports for the NPR Ed team. He's led the team's coverage of the Common Core while also finding time for his passion: exploring how kids learn — in the classroom, on the playground, at home and everywhere else.

Cory Turner appears in the following:

School principals get creative to keep their staff in the classrooms

Monday, April 01, 2024

Hundreds of K-12 school leaders from across the country were in Washington, D.C., recently to talk with lawmakers. One of their main messages was: staffing shortages are still a problem.


The $190 billion in emergency funds given to schools during the pandemic is ending

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Principals and superintendents talk to NPR about how students are faring four years after the pandemic shutdowns began. We also hear what schools plan to do when pandemic-related federal aid runs out.


The Biden Administration is erasing debts of 150,000 federal student loan borrowers

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The U.S. Department of Education announced it's erasing $1.2 billion in federal student loans. At the same time, the department is struggled to implement a new application for federal student aid.


Families, colleges remain in limbo as the Education Department promises to fix FAFSA

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Families and college financial aid offices are scrambling for answers as the U.S. Department of Education says it will fix a serious mistake with this year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


New FAFSA comes with a big mistake that could lower students' financial aid

Tuesday, January 09, 2024

The U.S. Department of Education is debating whether to make an enormous and potentially disruptive change to this year's FAFSA process to help borrowers and remedy a department mistake.


NPR staffers share their fiction picks from Books We Love

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Four NPR staffers recommend fiction from our Books We Love list: "Land of Milk and Honey," "Western Lane, " "The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece," and "The Covenant of Water."


For some, the SAVE plan for student loans has meant monthly payments of zero

Saturday, December 09, 2023

We have an update on the Biden administration's newest federal student loan repayment plan, known as SAVE, which has been popular with borrowers but stirred the anger of Republican lawmakers.


Defaulted student loan borrowers get a fresh start

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Nearly 7 million federal student loan borrowers are in default, and now the U.S. Department of Education is rolling out a new program, called Fresh Start, to make getting out of default easier.


Education Department punishes student loan servicer for billing mistakes

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

The department is withholding payment from loan servicer MOHELA as 2.5 million borrowers didn't receive timely billing statements.


A big, new effort to teach children civics is about to be unveiled in Philadelphia

Friday, October 27, 2023

First lady Jill Biden and former first lady Laura Bush have teamed up with Nickelodeon and iCivics to create kid-friendly videos to teach a new generation of children about civics and democracy.


Student loans for parents can be a debt trap. But there's a loophole

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Until July 2025, parent PLUS borrowers can paperwork their way into a kinder, gentler repayment plan.


Pause on federal student loans ends — millions have to make payments again

Monday, October 02, 2023

After a three-and-a-half year pandemic pause, student loan payments are resuming in October. What does this mean for borrowers in good standing and those in default?


What a shutdown would mean for student loan borrowers

Friday, September 29, 2023

October loan payments will still be due, but an extended shutdown could impact customer service.


Black leader and activist continue to push for student debt cancelation

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Though the U.S. Supreme Court struck down President Biden's plan for broad-based student loan relief, Black political leaders and activists continue their fight for debt cancelation.


How new borrowers can prepare for their first student loan payment

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

When student loan bills begin coming due in October, new borrowers will take their first steps on the long road to paying off their debt. These tools and tips can help ease the journey.


Are you saving enough for college? Here's what to know

Thursday, September 21, 2023

As the cost of college continues to rise, families have new questions about how to save up. For answers, we turned to Ron Lieber, author of The Price You Pay For College.


Federal student loan borrowers prepare to resume repaying their loans

Monday, September 18, 2023

For more than three years, no one had to pay their federal student loans. Payments are due again in October, but some borrowers are seeing their debts eliminated.


Student loan borrowers are spending a lot of time on hold, says federal watchdog

Monday, September 11, 2023

The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says many borrowers are struggling to get through to the companies that get paid to answer their questions.


Student loan payments are back. Now what?

Sunday, September 03, 2023

After three and a half years, the pause on federal student loan payments is coming to an end. Payments will be due starting in October.


A big group of student loan borrowers are learning their debt has been forgiven

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Federal student loan borrowers are expected to resume payments this fall. But more than 800,000 borrowers are finding out that their loans have suddenly been forgiven.