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From DACA To DeVos: Education Predictions For 2018

On the NPR Ed Team, I am what you might call the grizzled veteran. I’ve seen education trends come and go and come again. And go again.

You get the idea.

In years past, around December, my teammates would often pause by my desk and ask: “What do you think we’ll be covering next year?”

I’ve always found this a fun thought exercise, and, at some point, my editor suggested I jot down my answers and share them beyond our cubicles. And so, here are a few predictions for 2018.

A quick reminder, though: I don’t have a real crystal ball or a time machine. Just gut instinct, which occasionally fails me.

1. DACA will end

Since 2012, the federal policy known as DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — has protected roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation. Under DACA, immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children are able to stay, work and get an education. A few months ago, the Trump administration announced it was ending the Obama-era program but left open the possibility that Congress could re-instate it by March 2018.

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