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Trump Uses Address to Push for Tax-Credit Scholarships

K-12 education received a rare moment in the national spotlight Tuesday night, as President Trump spent part of his third State of the Union address urging Congress to act on a major piece of pending school choice legislation. 

Speaking before the assembled members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the president prominently endorsed the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, a bill championed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that would change the tax code to help subsidize school choice offerings, including private school tuition. 

But even as a purely symbolic measure, the legislation could become a factor in the 2020 presidential race. Trump has long wished to wield school choice as a wedge issue against the Democrats, and intraparty debates around charter schools have only grown louder since he took office. 

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