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Trump’s School Choice Proposal a ‘Mandate’ That Was ‘Never Talked About’

As the USA’s K-12 education community waits for President-elect Donald Trump to flesh out his proposals, one simple idea has captured nearly everyone’s attention: his plan to give families an eye-popping $20 billion in taxpayer funds to send their kids to the public, magnet, charter or private school of their choice.

But drill down a bit and the proposal gets complicated.

Luis Huerta, a researcher who studies school choice and finance at Columbia University’s Teachers College, observed this week that Trump’s school choice proposal is practically the only education idea anyone has seen from the campaign. It is, he said, “one of the few things that is written down and not out in the ether.”