While Mondays impeachment hearing was proceeding on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump used a White House roundtable meeting to promote a school choice bill that aimed to open up educational choices for millions of “forgotten children” who are “locked into a school system thats terrible.”
“Now is the time to fight for the forgotten child, and thats what we are doing with respect to education,” said President Donald Trump, joined by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and several students and teachers who utilize state-level school choice programs. “For decades, countless children have been trapped in failing government schools. In my administration, these children are forgotten no longer.”
The proposed Education Freedom Scholarships is a $5 billion program that would help families to cover the cost of attending a private or public grade K-12 school of their choice or pay for supplemental educational products such as online classes and after-school tutoring, among other things. It would also provide federal tax credits for individuals and businesses that contribute part of their taxable income to support these state-based scholarship programs, primarily assisting students from low-income areas.
The proposal, first released this February, was welcomed by school-choice advocates who believe students and parents deserve more educational options. It also encountered opposition from House Democrats and teacher unions.
Cruz, the sponsor of a Senate version of the proposal, said it would be “the most significant federal civil rights victory of modern times” if it passes.
“This is all about millions of kids—millions of inner-city kids, millions of African American kids, millions of Hispanic kids, trapped right now, desperate for hope—and giving them scholarships,” said the Texas senator. “And it is only the corrupt bureaucracy that is telling them no.'”
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