Voucher Program Helps Well-Off Vermonters Pay for Prep School at Public Expense

by Annie Waldman  ProPublica, June 2, 2017, 8 a.m.

Regardless of their income, residents of small Vermont towns can use state vouchers to send their children to boarding schools and ski academies. Some school-choice advocates want to replicate the program nationwide.

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Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice

 May 17

Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.

The administration would channel part of the savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.

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The budget proposal calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to the department, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month. It is likely to meet resistance on Capitol Hill because of strong constituencies seeking to protect current funding, ideological opposition to vouchers and fierce criticism of DeVos, a longtime Republican donor who became a household name during a bruising Senate confirmation battle.

 

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Tennessee Balks at School Vouchers Despite Trump Support

By SHEILA BURKE and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Proponents of school vouchers hoped the national political mood could make this the year that Tennessee would enact a law allowing students to use public money to go to private schools.

They were wrong. And now they’re mad.

Donald Trump won big in the state and picked Betsy DeVos as his education secretary, one of the country’s most vocal champions of school choice. But big city school districts and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers beat back the latest attempts to enact voucher legislation this session.

Legislators couldn’t even enact a voucher pilot program limited to Shelby County, which includes Memphis.

The decision to put off the pilot program until at least next year incurred the wrath of the American Federation for Children, a school choice group DeVos once chaired. The group’s Tennessee political action committee has spent more than $1.5 million on direct mail, advertising and candidate contributions since 2012.

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https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/tennessee/articles/2017-05-13/tennessee-balks-at-school-vouchers-despite-trump-support