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Trump Pitches Using Federal Funds for School Choice, Champions Merit Pay

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday that, if elected, he’d be the “nation’s biggest cheerleader for school choice” and offer states the chance to use $20 billion in federal money to create vouchers allowing children in poverty to attend the public, charter, or private school of their choice.

And he said he’s a supporter of merit pay for teachers—a signature policy of both President Barack Obama and George W. Bush’s administrations—although he did not explain how he hopes to further the cause, other than rhetorically taking aim at tenure in a fact sheet.