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:

Now Is A Good Time To Talk To Kids About Civics

Friday, January 15, 2021

Here's a primer from our Life Kit parenting team.


DeVos Resigns As Education Secretary, Says, 'Impressionable Children Are Watching'

Thursday, January 07, 2021

The U.S. education secretary sent a letter to President Trump, announcing her resignation effective Friday.


Where Is It Safe To Reopen Schools? New Research Offers Answers

Thursday, January 07, 2021

A new study suggests reopening schools may be safer than previously thought, at least in communities where the coronavirus is not already spreading out of control.


Biden Picks Connecticut Schools Chief Miguel Cardona As Education Secretary

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Cardona is a former teacher and has spent much of the pandemic pushing to reopen schools. President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate him on Tuesday evening.


Congress Poised To Simplify FAFSA, And Help People In Prison Go To College

Sunday, December 20, 2020

In a bipartisan effort, Congress is close to a deal to simplify the federal financial aid form, or FAFSA, a major policy goal of retiring Republican senator Lamar Alexander.


Listeners' Questions On Navigating Relationships In The Pandemic

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has tested people's relationships this year — with family, significant others and friends. NPR answers listeners' questions on how to navigate changing relationships.


New Studies Show The Pandemic Highlights Inequality In U.S. Education System

Thursday, December 10, 2020

A handful of new studies paint the clearest picture yet of students' learning loss from the pandemic and suggest lack of access to technology and in-person teaching may be exacerbating inequality.


New Report Offers Clearest Picture Yet Of Pandemic Impact On Student Learning

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

A new report offers the clearest picture yet of pandemic learning loss among U.S. students. But researchers warn that many of the nation's most vulnerable children aren't represented in the new data.


How Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Will Be Remembered

Thursday, November 19, 2020

DeVos has been a loyal lieutenant to President Trump, a hero to school choice advocates and a villain to defrauded student loan borrowers.


COMIC: A Kids' Guide To Coping With The Pandemic (And A Printable Zine)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

It's been months of the pandemic and you might be feeling frustrated or upset. But there are lots of different ways to deal with your worries — like giving yourself a big hug!


A Comic Just For Kids: How To Stay Safe From The Coronavirus

Monday, November 16, 2020

A zine and comic guide on how kids can protect themselves from COVID-19. Wear a mask. Stay 6 feet apart. And try not to pick your nose.


Tips For Talking To Children About The Election

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

With many Americans focused on the election, NPR's Life Kit team offers tips to parents and caregivers on how to talk about the election — and civics more broadly — with children.


America's School Funding Crisis: Budget Cuts, Rising Costs And No Help In Sight

Friday, October 23, 2020

Budget cuts + rising pandemic costs + zero federal relief = a school funding crisis.


Pandemic Costs Pile Up As Many Schools Remain Closed

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The pandemic-driven recession has forced states to slash their education budgets. School funding experts worry districts will have to make devastating cuts if the federal government doesn't help soon.


Homeless Families Struggle With Impossible Choices As School Closures Continue

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Parents and caregivers who are homeless face a difficult decision: Work to try to escape homelessness, or quit their jobs to help their kids with online learning.


In Pandemic, Many Students Lose Critical Access To Meals

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Months into the pandemic, school nutrition directors say fewer and fewer children who are eligible for free or low-cost school meals are not picking them up due, in part, to transportation challenges.


Remote Learning Presents Additional Challenge For Students Experiencing Homelessness

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Education during a pandemic is hard enough, but for families experiencing homelessness, remote learning is especially challenging, and not in a good way.


New York City Delays School Reopening; Campus Lockdowns Grow

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Our roundup of education stories looks at the turmoil following Mayor Bill de Blasio's latest delay announcement; and the continuing struggles on campus to control COVID outbreaks.


Trump Announces 'Patriotic Education' Commission

Friday, September 18, 2020

At the White House Conference, President Trump said history teachers' focus on slavery has taught children to hate their country and announced a national commission to promote "patriotic" education.


Betsy DeVos Says Students Will Need To Take Federal Standardized Tests This Year

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told school districts they should expect to meet federal standardized testing requirements this school year. Many civil rights groups agree with her.