Betsy DeVos

Trump's pick for Education secretary could put school vouchers back on the map

Trump's pick for Education secretary could put school vouchers back on the map

Fifteen years ago, a controversial question about America’s schools dominated headlines, prompted ballot measures in California and other states and led wealthy philanthropists to dig deep into their pockets in the name of educational reform.

Should government money pay for students to attend private — even religious — schools?

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for Education secretary, whose confirmation hearings begin Tuesday, was one of the biggest backers of the yes camp.

But after voters in some states, including California, gave vouchers a resounding no, the issue fizzled in all...

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