During a televised town hall, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said an incentive to volunteer for teenagers would create a "pipeline" of public service and make higher education more accessible.
The former congressman from Texas who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate also opposes vouchers and says educators should be allowed "to teach to the child and not to the test."
"Students need to be considered on their merit. And this plays into the narrative about things just not being fair for everyone," DeVos said in an interview on Fox News.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her team argue that the provision that bars religious organizations from serving as contractors to provide services for eligible low-income students runs counter to a Supreme Court decision.
The programs Trump wants to eliminate in fiscal 2020 deal with literacy, the Special Olympics, Impact Aid, and arts education, among others, for savings of $6.7 billion.
The president's 2020 spending plan would eliminate 29 programs, but separately would set aside $5 billion for K-12 scholarships funded by tax credits.
An analysis of political donations from staffers at dozens of education groups reveals a monoculture unhealthy for their movement, two researchers say.
Will the president again seek education spending cuts? Will a big merger idea from last summer get revived? How will Congress react? Those are a few questions heading into fiscal 2020.
Jim Blew, an assistant secretary under Betsy DeVos, said he doesn't expect the legislation creating the scholarships to pass "next month." But he's hoping it will gather bipartisan support.
Senators Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, and Tim Scott want more options for children in families connected to the military, but a similar proposal failed to advance last year.