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:

Student loan forgiveness is a lot closer for some borrowers, and they are pumped

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Thousands of teachers, nurses and other public servants are learning they could have some of their federal student loan debts erased months — and even years — earlier than expected.

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What borrowers need to know about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness overhaul

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

On Wednesday, the U.S. Education Department said it would temporarily relax some of the program's rules. The changes could lead to loan cancellation for tens of thousands of borrowers.

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NPR Exclusive: Troubled Public Service Loan Forgiveness program will get overhaul

Friday, October 01, 2021

The program's confusing requirements led to crowds of frustrated borrowers being denied debt relief. The department is expected to make immediate, retroactive fixes and to simplify the overall rules.

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Education Dept. Will Reimburse Florida District That Had Funds Held Over Mask Mandate

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education has made good on its promise to reimburse a Florida school district that is being penalized for defying its state's mask mandate ban.

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The Education Secretary Plays Hardball (And A Cowbell) To Push For Safe Schools

Thursday, September 23, 2021

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has tried to balance optimism around safe, in-person learning with political pugilism aimed at officials who are making it hard for schools to require masks.

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The Stakes Feel Higher Than Ever As The Education Secretary Welcomes Students Back

Monday, September 20, 2021

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is hopping a purple bus for his "Return-to-School Road Trip." His message to students and educators: It's good to be back.

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How To Talk About 9/11 With A New Generation Of Kids

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Students today have no memory of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, so this year's anniversary poses unique challenges for educators and caregivers trying to explain what happened and why.

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Schools Are Getting Billions In COVID Relief Money. Here's How They Plan To Spend It

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

New staff, new technology and new classrooms are among the things superintendents are buying with this historic infusion of federal dollars. That's according to a new survey of district leaders.

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Education Dept. Announces Civil Rights Investigations Into 5 States' Mask Mandate Bans

Monday, August 30, 2021

The department sent letters to state leaders in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, warning that mask mandate bans could violate federal protections for students with disabilities.

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A Vaccine For Children Is Not Likely To Be Approved Until The End Of Year

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, says that after vaccine companies submit their trial data, the FDA will have to review it, which could take time.

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New Survey Shows What Parts Of U.S. History Kids Across America Are Actually Learning

Monday, July 12, 2021

Amidst the heated debate around critical race theory, a new survey of states' U.S. history and civics standards sheds new light on what students are actually learning about race and racism.

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Aspiring Teachers Get New Help Paying For College

Thursday, July 01, 2021

New rules take effect today, completing an overhaul of the once-troubled federal TEACH Grant program that makes it easier for teachers to pay for college.

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Parents Say Schools Must Make Up For Failing Kids With Disabilities During Pandemic

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Families say schools must make up for all their children have lost after the special education services they have a legal right to were disrupted or stopped during the pandemic in many districts.

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After Months Of Special Education Turmoil, Families Say Schools Owe Them

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Special education services were severely disrupted when schools closed in spring 2020. In many places, they have yet to fully resume. Now, families are demanding schools take action.

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Schools Are Dropping Mask Requirements, But A New CDC Study Suggests They Shouldn't

Friday, May 21, 2021

Several governors have recently banned mask requirements in schools. But a new CDC study shows COVID-19 spreads less in schools where teachers and staff wear masks.

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The Best Student Podcasts: An 8th-Grade Homage To A School's Unsung Heroes

Monday, May 17, 2021

When these Kentucky students needed a subject for their podcast, they looked to the bright blue office around the corner, where their school's buildings and grounds team is based.

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'Be Proud Of Where You Come From': An Indian-American Teen's Winning Podcast

Monday, May 17, 2021

This year's high school winner in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge tackles the complexities of her Indian-American identity.

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Schools Are Deciding What The New CDC Mask Guidelines Mean For The Classroom

Thursday, May 13, 2021

It is unclear what impact this will have on teachers, staff and students in the near term. In some states, masks in schools are already optional.

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Biden Expected To Unveil Ambitious (And Expensive) Education Proposals

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

President Biden's American Families Plan includes education proposals so ambitious and expensive that in previous years, any one of them would have turned heads.

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USDA Moves To Feed Millions Of Children Over The Summer

Monday, April 26, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it's expanding a pandemic program into the summer to help families pay for meals their children won't get in school.

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