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Beyond Vouchers: How Trump Could Boost Private School Choice - Politics K-12 - Education Week

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Beyond Vouchers: How Trump Could Boost Private School Choice


Since President-elect Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, there's been a lot of discussion about how a Trump administration could expand school choice. Could Trump and DeVos, for example, push to "voucherize" at least some federal education money? Trump has expressed support for the idea on the campaign trail through his $20 billion choice proposal, and DeVos has a long history of backing vouchers in Michigan and elsewhere.
But getting vouchers through Congress might be a very tough sell. Similar proposals, including the idea of making Title I money for disadvantaged kids "portable" at states' discretion, have been tried before without success. And there are also big questions about a federal voucher program's reach and logistical challenges. So what other avenues are there for Trump, DeVos, and Congress to expand private school choice? Let's explore a few of them.

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