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School Choice Expansion Nixed from ESEA Rewrite for the Second Time

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The Senate turned down three contentious proposals in its ongoing debate on a bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Among them was one that would have allowed Title I dollars to follow low-income students to the school of their choice.

More from my colleague Lauren Camera who covers federal policy and Congress for Education Week:

The Title I portability amendment offered by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., was the second of its kind to fail. Last week senators rejected an amendment from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a co-author of the ESEA bill, that would have used Title I dollars to give low-income students a $2,100 voucher.

"Providing more education options is the right path forward for us to make sure every child everywhere experiences their full potential," Scott said. "Giving states the ability to provide portability for Title I dollars ... is the kind of reform our kids deserve, it's the kind of reform our kids need."

Despite being backed by Alexander, the amendment needed to cross a 60-vote threshold to be adopted, and in the end, failed 45-51.

For a full recap and analysis of the amendments the Senate voted on Tuesday, check out Education Week's Politics K-12 blog.


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