2018 could be a year of major changes to US education

BAMBI MAJUMDAR |

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NPR recently released its predictions for U.S. education as we start 2018. If they come true, our nation's education system will be undergoing some serious changes. One of the first things they predicted is the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has protected 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation. If these immigrants are deported, K-12 schools will see a massive exodus of students. It would be a similar story for our colleges, too, which have approximately 241,000 DACA students enrolled in them .Even if they are not deported right away, they will have to leave the country eventually. This will impact our schools and our workforce. NPR's other predictions include the worsening of the student financial aid crisis, the issue of race in admissions policies, and problems of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. The scaling back of federal oversight may offer local districts more decision-making powers, but the achievement gap between rich and poor, black and white will remain wide.

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