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.

  1. 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.
  2. Discord between the two major teacher’s unions (National Education Association and American Federation for Teachers) and the Trump administration.
  3. Less funding for early childhood education.
  4. A strong push for more charter schools led by Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a long time charter supporter.
  5. 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.