Education Freedom Scholarships

In February 2019, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a new initiative to create a federal tax credit voucher program that would provide donors a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for donating to organizations that provide vouchers to students to attend private schools. Legislation to create this program has been introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL).

On March 11, 2019, the President’s proposed budget for FY2020 included $50 billion over ten years to fund the Education Freedom Scholarship Program. The President touted this as an “unprecedented level of resources” for school choice. The budget proposal also proposed increasing funding for the D.C. voucher program, doubling the funding level from $15 million to $30 million.

NCPE Statement: National Coalition for Public Education Denounces President’s Unprecedented Investment in School Vouchers in FY 2020 Budget Proposal

NCPE Talking Points: Oppose the Educational Freedom Scholarship and Opportunity Act

Previous Proposals

Before he took office, Donald Trump released a 100-day action plan that included the introduction of the "School Choice & Education Opportunity Act." His plan would redirect $20 billion dollars away from existing federal programs to a new state block grant that could fund private, religious, and home schools and also assumed that the states will provide another $110 billion from their own education budgets towards vouchers. 

On May 23, 2017, President Trump introduced his FY2018 budget. It proposed a $250 million school voucher program. Neither the House nor Senate FY2018 appropriations bills included this funding. 

On February 12, 2018, President Trump introduced his FY2019 budget proposal. This year's budget greatly increases the amount for private school vouchers: it proposes $1 billion for the expansion and creation of new private school voucher programs.