© 2024 The Duluth-Superior Area Educational Television Corporation (WDSE)

The North 103.3 FM is licensed to The Duluth-Superior Area Educational Television Corporation (WDSE)
Locally Curated. Community Owned.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

The prospect of online learning for K-12 and some college students just got a lot more complicated

University of Minnesota Duluth

If the communication Tuesday from UMD Chancellor Lendley Black was a little light on details, it can certainly be excused.

Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students enrolled in a fully-online curriculum will be required to leave the country.

"This regulation came out of nowhere," says Dr. Jeremy Youde, a political scientist at UMD and a global health expert, at a time when colleges and universities are already scrambling for students, it will have a "chilling effect" on higher education all across the nation.  

Credit Nenad Stojkovic/Flickr

Meanwhile, while it's true that most public schools get the majority of their dollars from state and local sources, President Trump's threat to cut off federal funding to schools that don't reopen for in-person classes will target some of the most vulnerable kids and families. "Federal funding at the K12 level matters a lot for things like special education programs and other sorts of supportive services for students," says Dr. Youde.  "Since state and local budgets are getting decimated, whatever federal dollars do come in become even more important."

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
Related Content