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:

Education Dept. Restores Debt Cancellation For Some Borrowers With Disabilities

Monday, March 29, 2021

Monday's announcement comes after thousands of borrowers with disabilities had their federal student loans erased, then handed back to them during the pandemic.


Biden Says Schools Are On Track To Open As Promised, But Will Kids Go?

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The president appears likely to reopen the majority of K-8 schools within his first 100 days in office, but many families are still opting out.


As Districts Reopen For In-Person Learning, What Schools May Look Like Going Forward

Monday, March 22, 2021

With more and more districts reopening for in-person learning, when will schools reach a new normal — and what might it look like?


3 Feet Apart: New CDC Guidance For Students May Allow For More Schools To Reopen

Saturday, March 20, 2021

There are new COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that reduce the distance students should be spaced from 6 feet to 3 in most school settings.


CDC Says Schools Can Now Space Students 3 Feet Apart, Rather Than 6

Friday, March 19, 2021

In many places, the 6-foot guidance was interpreted as requiring schools to operate on part-time schedules in order to reduce class sizes. A 3-foot rule would allow many more schools to reopen fully.


Education Dept. Begins Rolling Back Trump-Era Policies On Defrauded Students

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education says it is scrapping a controversial, Trump-era policy that granted only partial student loan relief to borrowers who were defrauded by private, for-profit colleges.


A Year Of School Like No Other: How A Teacher, A Student And A Parent Have Coped

Thursday, March 11, 2021

We've talked with hundreds of people since the pandemic shut down schools and colleges a year ago. We checked back back in with three of them about how their lives have changed.


Checking Back With A Teacher, College Student and Mother After A Year At Home

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

On the one year anniversary of COVID-19-related school closures, NPR checks back in with a teacher, a college student and the mother of a student with disabilities about how the year has gone.


New Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Wants Schools Open 'As Soon As Possible'

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Biden's new Education Secretary Miguel Cardona says "it is our shared goal to reopen schools safely and quickly."


Biden Administration Makes Vaccines A Priority For Teachers

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has put out a list of things the federal government can do to get schools to reopen. It's not clear how many districts are currently closed for in-person learning.


Lifelong Educator Miguel Cardona Confirmed As Education Secretary

Monday, March 01, 2021

The former fourth grade teacher, principal and state education commissioner will take the reins at the U.S. Department of Education as the fight intensifies over school reopening.


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

Friday, February 26, 2021

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.


Lawmakers Consider 2 Plans For Monthly Payments To Address Child Poverty

Friday, February 19, 2021

The new COVID-19 relief bill includes proposals that were unthinkable not that long ago: giving families a few hundred dollars every month, for every child in their household.


CDC Offers Clearest Guidance Yet For Reopening Schools

Friday, February 12, 2021

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.


Education Pick Miguel Cardona's Message To Lawmakers: 'En La Unión Está La Fuerza'

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Miguel Cardona, President Biden's education nominee, appeared before lawmakers on Wednesday for a mostly tame confirmation hearing. His opening message: In unity there is strength.


Education Pick Miguel Cardona Is New To Washington — But Not To Classrooms

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

President Biden's education nominee has spent most of his professional career as a public school educator in the city where he grew up: Meriden, Conn.


CDC Makes The Case For Schools Reopening

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Federal researchers say, with proper safety precautions, schools don't seem to fuel outbreaks, with some exceptions such as indoor sports practices.


Education Pick Miguel Cardona On Biden's Promise To Reopen Schools

Monday, January 25, 2021

President Biden pledged to reopen most of the nation's K-12 schools during his first 100 days. When asked if that goal was "too optimistic," Cardona said, "No, I think it's strong leadership."


'I've Tried Everything': Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

Monday, January 18, 2021

When schools closed last spring, children with severe mental illnesses were cut off from the services they'd come to rely on. Many have since spiraled into emergency rooms and even police custody.


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.