By NYPIE President Michelle Moore-Earle
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will likely offer details on the Trump administration’s vision for a federal investment in school choice on Monday, when she’s slated to speak at a conference hosted by her former advocacy group, the American Federation for Children.
That’s according to multiple sources familiar with the plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it.
DeVos is believed to be preparing an education tax credit proposal that, if passed by Congress, could channel billions of dollars to working class families to help them pay for private schools, including religious schools.
What DeVos is expected to outline could look different than a bill pushed by Republicans Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana. She’s expected to stress that the Trump administration won’t mandate school choice and will emphasize flexibility for states, sources say.
For example, she may say that states would have the right to opt out of a federal plan and should be the ones to designate entities that accept donations from individuals and corporations and award tuition support to students.