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ACLU: Time Not Right for National Student ID

Despite calls from some quarters for a national student ID that would allow for better tracking of student outcomes, the Trump administration’s “outward hostility” to immigrants and Muslims makes now the worst possible time to implement such a thing.

That was the argument that Chad Marlow, advocacy and policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), put forth at a recent higher education forum at the University of Pennsylvania.

“This may be the worst time since McCarthyism was at its peak sixty years ago to be talking about a national database,” Marlow told members of the Education Writers Association. “The danger to students and certain student populations could not be greater.”