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:

Listener Questions On School Reopenings Answered

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Some schools are choosing to be remote-only this fall, while others have already reopened. NPR looks at the science and education issues facing families, states and educators as classes resume.

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When Can Kids Go Back To School? Leaders Say 'As Soon As It's Safe'

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Superintendents across the country say they're eager to get kids back in schools — safely. In communities with coronavirus cases soaring, some leaders say remote learning is the only safe option.

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Teachers Sue To Block Florida's School Reopening Mandate

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Educators in Florida, with the backing of the state's largest teachers union, sued the governor and other state officials for trying to require schools to reopen in the middle of a COVID-19 surge.

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School Administrators Grapple With Reopening Decision

Friday, July 17, 2020

As President Trump and the U.S. Department of Education push school leaders to quickly reopen K-12 schools, superintendents across the country insist science, not politics, will guide them.

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Is School Safe? Will Districts Test For COVID-19? Answering Back-To-School Questions

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

NPR science and education reporters answer questions submitted by listeners about the coming school year.

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A Look At Betsy DeVos' Role During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Pandemic has put Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the spotlight — she uses her power to promote private school interests but has also had to backtrack on her support of virtual schooling.

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Education Department Announces It Won't Punish Colleges For Reconsidering Student Aid

Friday, July 10, 2020

In June, NPR reported that the department was making it harder for colleges to reconsider aid for students whose finances have changed. On Thursday, the agency reversed course.

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Top Pediatrician Says States Shouldn't Force Schools To Reopen If Virus Is Surging

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics says children are better off in school but that the decision to reopen cannot ignore spiking infection rates.

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White House Stumbles Over How Best To Reopen Schools, As Trump Blasts CDC Guidance

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The president calls the recommendations "impractical" and says he'll pressure states to open schools this fall — even threatening to cut funding. But the decision largely lies with states.

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The Trump Administration Pushes To Reopen Schools In The Fall

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Today the Trump administration began a full-court press encouraging public school leaders across the country to reopen schools full-time in the fall.

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Education Dept. Rule Limits How Schools Can Spend Vital Aid Money

Thursday, June 25, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos signaled she is standing firm on her intention to reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students.

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Education Dept. Is Making It Harder For Colleges To Boost Student Aid During Crisis

Friday, June 19, 2020

A recent change has led to some colleges hesitating to help students affected by the economic downturn.

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Coronavirus, Racism And Kindness: How NYC Middle-Schoolers Built A Winning Podcast

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The middle-school top prize for NPR's second annual Student Podcast Challenge goes to ... The Dragon Kids.

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Senate Panel Asks: When Can K-12 Schools Safely Reopen?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The U.S. Senate's education committee grappled with the challenges public schools face as they prepare to reopen safely in the fall.

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A Bold Pitch To Boost School Funding For The Nation's Most Vulnerable Students

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A new report proposes a radical solution to America's school funding inequities: Leave district lines in place, but spread the wealth.

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A Looming Financial Meltdown For America's Schools

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

With state income and sales tax revenues crashing, one expert predicts, "We're about to see a school funding crisis unlike anything we have ever seen in modern history."

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DeVos Faces Pushback Over Plan To Reroute Aid To Private School Students

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The U.S. education secretary has told public K-12 schools they should use their coronavirus relief money to help private school students, too.

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Sesame Street's Grover Helps Kids Adapt To Life During COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, May 14, 2020

In this time of fear and uncertainty, NPR's Life Kit team partners with Sesame Street's lovable monster, Grover, to answer some of kids' tough questions.

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Students Call College That Got Millions In Coronavirus Relief 'A Sham'

Friday, May 08, 2020

In a federal lawsuit, students accuse Florida Career College of breaking promises about career training and job placement. The for-profit school has been allotted $17 million in federal pandemic aid.

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School Counselor Gives Life Lessons On YouTube From Her Kitchen

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

With schools closed, elementary school counselor Marie Weller is improvising to reach her students: She's recording YouTube lessons about how they can handle their feelings from her kitchen.

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