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Wed Nov 16, 2016, 09:39 AM

Trump's School Choice Expansion Plan May Face Uphill Battle

Source: Associated Press

Trump's School Choice Expansion Plan May Face Uphill Battle

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO AND JENNIFER C. KERR, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Nov 16, 2016, 3:56 AM ET

School voucher programs in the nation's capital and Vice President-elect Mike Pence's home state of Indiana could serve as a blueprint for a Trump administration plan to use public money to enable disadvantaged students to attend the public or private school of their choice.

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At the federal level, Congress considered allowing Title I funds targeted for low-income students to follow them to the school where they enroll, but that idea was ultimately scrapped in the final version of NCLB's successor, the Every Students Succeeds Act.

Vic Klatt, a principal of Penn Hill Group who has worked on federal education policy for more than two decades, says school choice has a better chance now, but it won't be easy.

"There will be tons of support for charters. Full-scale private choice will be a battle," Klatt said at an Education Writers Association panel discussion this week. "It's going to depend on how much emphasis this president and his people put on private school choice as an issue."

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