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Voucher Proponents Target Military Families, Schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is pushing for private school vouchers for military families, in spite of major groups within the military community opposing the proposal.

Voucher proponents are pushing for the inclusion of the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act (HR 5199) in must-pass military funding legislation (the National Defense Reauthorization Act), despite opposition from a coalition of more than 25 organizations representing more than 5.5 million active and former members of the U.S. military. The accounts would cover education expenses, including private school tuition.

Funding ($1.3 billion) would come from the Impact Aid program, which funds education programs and schools on federal land exempt from local taxes, including military bases. Military groups oppose the proposal because it would take funding away from the same students it is designed to support. “Using Impact Aid dollars to fund Education Savings Accounts for military-connected students would be financially devastating for many school districts, critically compromising the quality of the education they could provide to military children and their civilian classmates,” the Military Coalition wrote in a letter to Congress earlier this month.

Read “DeVos pushes school vouchers for military families despite opposition,” in The Hill. See the National School Board Association’s Legislative Call-to-Action to learn more about this issue.

April 27, 2018