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Although the Senate education committee voted to approve Betsy DeVos' nomination as education secretary, she has faced many questions from Democrats on her support for school choice.

The principals of New Orleans five remaining traditional public schools are seeking to convert them into charter schools. New Orleans will become the nation's first all-charter school district if the application is approved.

Trump's proclamation comes several days into the pre-existing National School Choice Week, which has been celebrated since 2011.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and other GOP lawmakers said they're confident the nominee for education secretary will be confirmed despite opposition from Democrats and others.

Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed $60 million in his state budget plan to reboot Nevada's education savings account program which has been in legal limbo.

The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program is a voucher-like program that helps nearly 98,000 low-income students in Florida pay for tuition at private schools.

One segment of the online education sector that has been backed by the DeVos, but has a troubled track record, is full-time online charter schools.

The civil rights organization rocked the charter school world last fall when it called for a moratorium on all new charters.

Although charter laws have been passed in 43 states and the District of Columbia, how the schools are funded has turned out to be somewhat of an Achilles' heel in some states.

Trump Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has been supportive of homeschooling, and the Home School Legal Defense Association wants to see her confirmed.

Betsy DeVos has been influential in shaping school choice policy in Michigan, but has not succeeded in bringing a school voucher program to her home state.


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