President Trump's victory in the 2016 election and Betsy DeVos' subsequent confirmation as secretary of education have school choice advocates looking for one of their biggest policy successes in the history of their movement.
Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., wants to capitalize on that control of government by making it easier for parents to pay for their kids to receive an education outside the public school system. He has proposed legislation geared toward giving flexibility to low-income and middle class families. It would loosen restrictions on education savings accounts to allow parents to use those savings for secondary education tuition or even for the costs of homeschooling. Its most dramatic effect is that it would give states the ability to use federal funding to subsidize the tuition of low-income students who choose to enroll in private or charter schools. Read more here.