Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

DeVos backs expanding school choice for military children

February 22, 2018 - 9:39 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is calling for allowing military families to use federal funds to pay for private school or other educational services for their children.

The idea is part of Trump administration's focus on expanding school choice — alternatives to traditional public schools across the nation.

DeVos told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday that many active-duty military families were dissatisfied with their neighborhood schools. DeVos said that one way to improve the situation was by setting up education savings accounts. That way parents would receive federal funds to customize their child's education.

DeVos made the comments in conversation with Kay Coles James, the president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington. But her office said DeVos was expressing general support for the idea, not backing a proposal put forward by the group.

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This version of the story has been corrected to say that DeVos did not back the Heritage proposal, but was expressing support for the idea in general.

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