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Top DeVos Deputy Tells Nation’s Education Reporters That Pandemic Adds Urgency to Federal Push for Private School Choice

If anything, the global pandemic has deepened U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s commitment to all forms of school choice, top deputy Jim Blew told reporters in a keynote question-and-answer session at the Education Writers Association’s 73rd National Seminar, held remotely last week.

The U.S. Department of Education’s assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development, Blew defended DeVos’s desire to create a national tax-credit private school scholarship program, requiring schools that want federal relief funds to offer in-person classes in the coming academic year and to share that aid with private schools and parents opting out of traditional schools.

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