President-elect Donald Trump looks on as Betsy DeVos speaks at the DeltaPlex Arena on Dec. 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
President-elect Donald Trump looks on as Betsy DeVos speaks at the DeltaPlex Arena on Dec. 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. - 
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In an effort to promote school choice initiatives, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a proposal for $5 billion in tax credits for donations to private school scholarships. Republicans say the proposal will encourage more donations benefiting children who want to opt out of low-performing schools. But critics say it would take money away from other programs and would do nothing to help the public schools that are struggling.

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