Is a National Tax-Credit Scholarship Program on the Horizon?

Published February 22, 2017

President Donald Trump spoke in favor of education choice during his campaign, and now that he’s in office, Politico reports a national tax-credit scholarship program may be in the works:

The Trump administration is considering a first-of-its-kind federal tax credit scholarship program that would channel billions of dollars to working class families to enable their children to attend private schools, including religious schools. The program could be capped at a level as high as $20 billion, sources say. It is considered a more politically palatable option than asking Congress to find or reallocate money to fulfill Trump’s $20 billion campaign promise to expand charter and private school offerings.

A federal tax-credit scholarship program is “the only way President Trump can effectively bring school choice to families in the blue states that voted for him in 2016 and others that might in the future,” writes Thomas Carroll at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and the Trump administration has its work cut out for it. “The proposal already has critics on both sides of the aisle,” Politico reports.

SOURCE: Politico


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