Claudio Sanchez is a one time elementary and middle school teacher who joined NPR in 1989 to focus on what he calls the “three p’s” of education reform: politics, policy and pedagogy.
He won First Prize in 2008 in the Education Writers Association’s National Award for Education Reporting.and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University.
At this time of each year many try and give us a clue of what we might expect in the next 12 months. Here are Sanchez’s top five predictions for education for 2017.
- How will Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) money be spent. Under the Trump administration, Sanchez sees more federal funds going to private, for-profit education entities.
- Discord between the two major teacher’s unions (National Education Association and American Federation for Teachers) and the Trump administration.
- Less funding for early childhood education.
- A strong push for more charter schools led by Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a long time charter supporter.
- Two-year colleges getting greater attention.
Obviously I would love to know what the new year holds for education in Alabama. But I’m thinking I am no better at such than I am at picking the winners of football games or elections. Besides, I’m still trying to figure out what happened in 2016.
Which may actually be the major Alabama education story of 2017.