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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.  

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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."

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