LFC Daily News Clips | December 4, 2017

Good Morning

The U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill passed over the weekend includes an amendment filed by Sen. Ted Cruz that will expand 529 College Savings Plans to include K-12 elementary and secondary school tuition for public, private, and religious schools, including K-12 educational expenses for homeschool students.

“As part of this historic effort, we’ve also invested in our children and expanded educational opportunities, with the expansion of 529’s to include K-12 elementary and secondary school tuition, including educational expenses for homeschool students. By expanding choice for parents and opportunities for children, we have prioritized the education of the next generation of Americans, allowing families to save and prepare for their children’s future educational expenses. Expanding 529’s ensures that each child receives an education that meets their individual needs, instead of being forced into a one-size-fits-all approach to education, or limited to their ZIP code.”

Have a great week. – Paul


The Advocate
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The Advocate
IDEA announces out-of-state leaders at its two Baton Rouge charter schools opening in August
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The Advocate
Letters: Time to end tyranny of testing

American Federation for Children

Tennessee Poll: Overwhelming Support for School Choice



Sun Herald
Parents need freedom to find the right school for their children
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Education Week
Senate OKs Tax Bill Changing Teacher Deduction, Expanding School Choice

The 74
‘Weeding Is Hard Work’ — Charter School Authorizers and the Promise of Educational Excellence for All Kids

The New York Times
Betsy DeVos Allies See New Obstacle to School Choice Efforts: Trump

Associated Press
US charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation

The Washington Post
GAO report sounds alarm about vouchers and students with disabilities

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