Friday, February 24, 2017

Trump And DeVos Have A Deceptive Scheme To Push School Vouchers

Trump And DeVos Have A Deceptive Scheme To Push School Vouchers:

Trump And DeVos Have A Deceptive Scheme To Push School Vouchers



Since President Trump picked Betsy DeVos to be his new U.S. Secretary of Education, there’s been lots of speculation in the media that his administration, with his secretary out front, would push for a school voucher program that would allow families to withdraw their children from public schools and receive a sum of money they could use to pay for tuition to send their kids to private schools, even ones that are religion based.
Others scoffed at that notion, arguing that getting a voucher program passed through Congress would be too difficult.
But if new reports out this week are credible, and they appear to be, a school voucher program is indeed on the president’s agenda – only it’s not being called that. There are reasons for the deception, and it’s important for progressives to understand how to frame Trump’s scheme before the public debate starts.
As Poltico reports, “The Trump administration is considering a first-of-its-kind federal tax credit scholarship program that would channel billions of dollars to families from working-class households to enable their children to attend private schools, including religious schools.”
What is a tax credit program for education, and why is it just another name for vouchers?
As Education Week’s Andrew Ujifusa explains, “Tax-credit scholarships allow individuals and corporations to claim a tax credit of some kind, in exchange for a donation to an organization that provides scholarships to children. So, unlike vouchers, they don’t involve the government directly Trump And DeVos Have A Deceptive Scheme To Push School Vouchers:

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