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Trump wants more money for school vouchers, cuts elsewhere

President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visit St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank / TNS)
President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visit St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank / TNS)

The Trump administration wants to spend $1.4 billion to expand vouchers, including for private schools, and would pay for it with deep cuts to federal aid to public schools, according to budget documents released Thursday. 

Voucher programs, a favorite cause of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, provide tax funds to families that they can use to pay for tuition at private or religious schools.

The $1.4 billion in the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 would be the down payment on a program that would be "ramping up to an annual total of $20 billion," the budget says.

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