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Trump Wants All States To Have School Choice Opportunities

Donald Trump outlined a plan to fund more options for students to choose between traditional public, charter and private schools. If elected, he says he would allocate $20 billion toward school choice scholarships.

Donald Trump outlined a plan to fund more options for students to choose between traditional public, charter and private schools. If elected, he says he would allocate $20 billion toward school choice scholarships. (photo credit: Barbara Brosher/WTIU News)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced Thursday a financial plan to expand school choice in all 50 states. In many ways, it is similar to what governor Mike Pence created in Indiana and funding formulas created by the Indiana legislature.

In a speech Thursday, Donald Trump said he would allocate $20 billion to states to support school choice opportunities. This money, along with state funding, would be used to create a “scholarship” that each student receives, and then the family decides whether to send the child to a traditional public school, a public charter school or a private school.

“Specifically, my plan will use $20 billion of existing federal dollars to establish a block grant for the 11 million school age kids living in poverty,” Trump said in his speech. “We will give states the option to allow these funds to follow the student to the public or private school they attend. Distribution of this grant will favor states that have private school choice and charter laws, encouraging them to participate.”

One part of his plan mirrors Indiana’s school funding formula - that the money follows the student.

Indiana’s current funding formula does exactly that. A student receives the same amount of state funding whether he or she attends a traditional public or charter school. Rather than funding a school directly the state allocates the money per child.

But Trumps plan would extend this idea to include private schools as well – for all students – so state money could follow any student to any type of school. While, in Indiana, state money only follows students to private schools if they qualify for the state voucher program.

“If the states collectively contribute another $110 billion of their own education budgets toward school choice, on top of the $20 billion in federal dollars, that could provide $12,000 in school choice funds to every K-12 student who today lives in poverty,” Trump said.

In a statement released by the Trump campaign, Pence praised the plan:

“The school choice proposals unveiled today by Mr. Trump are a bold set of policies that will increase accountability and lead to better results for our nation’s children.”

Comments

  • bengal tiger

    Typical REPUBLICAN playbook …………….. expand the roll of Government (both federal and state) and continue to steal from taxpayers so that private, for profit, schools can reap the bennies.

    I’m not at all surprised that our idiot empty suit Governor was able to talk the thin skinned con-man into this type of thievery. I am appalled that Indiana’s taxpayer dollars are going to subsidize families that “CAN AFFORD” to send their child (children) to private schools. As an Atheist, I am extremely pissed off that some of my tax dollars are being used to subsidize the Christian middle class.

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