This would be a first-of-its-kind program that could funnel billions of dollars to families so they wouldn’t be locked into a public school that might be failing.
It’s one of several tax credit proposals under review by the White House to fulfill President Trump’s campaign promise to promote the expansion of charger schools and vouchers, Politico is reporting.
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During a recent meeting with parents and teachers at the White House, Trump said he wants “every single disadvantaged child in America, no matter what their background or where they live, to have a choice about where they go to school.”
But there are critics on both sides of the political spectrum. Public school advocates say these tax credits are merely a voucher in disguise and would take tax dollars from struggling public schools.
“The end result is the same — federal tax dollars going to private schools,” said Sasha Pudelski, assistant director for policy and advocacy at AASA, The School Superintendents Association, who called the program “a backdoor voucher.