Betsy DeVos will unveil Trump administration’s plan for school choice on Monday in Indianapolis

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Betsy DeVos) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Betsy DeVos) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Andrew Pillow

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is expected to reveal the Trump administration’s plan for a federal investment in school choice. DeVos is scheduled to speak at an event hosted by the school choice advocacy group, The American Federation for Children.

Details have not yet been confirmed but she is expected to unveil a tax credit scholarship program. Such a program would allow individuals or corporations to receive tax credits in exchange for donations to certain organizations.

DeVos is also expected to emphasize that the main decisions are still up to the states and that the Trump administration is not “mandating school choice”.

Tommy Schultz, a spokesman for the American Federation for Children said in a statement that Trump has:

“a unique window of opportunity to facilitate a dramatic expansion of parental choice in America. More than 3.5 million children are currently benefiting from charters and private choice programs, while millions more are demanding access to these same options.”

Recently Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana proposed a similar piece of legislation. 

Read more here. (Politico)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.