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US Trump's State of the Union school choice scholarship will be paid by Betsy DeVos. One Philadelphia girl will benefit.

06:40  06 february  2020
06:40  06 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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President Donald Trump announced at the State of the Union address Tuesday night that Janiyah would be given a It turns out Trump ’ s education secretary, Betsy DeVos , will be paying for it. Trump didn’t disclose what school the girl attended or the school she wants to attend, nor did he

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will personally fund a school choice scholarship President Donald Trump offered to a Philadelphia girl during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a surprise award he suggested would allow the girl to leave her low-performing public school and attend a different school.

A DeVos spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday the secretary would provide the money directly to Janiyah Davis, a fourth grade student, and her mother, Stephanie, who were invited to the speech Tuesday night in Washington.

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Trump ' s State of the Union school choice scholarship will be paid by Betsy DeVos . One Philadelphia girl will benefit . Amazon paid a 1.2% tax rate on ,285,000,000 in profit for 2019. Yahoo Finance. Romney and Trump have a long-running love-hate relationship.

Elisabeth Dee DeVos (/dəˈvɒs/; née Prince; born January 8, 1958) is the 11th and current United States Secretary of Education since 2017. DeVos is a Republican known for her support for school choice , school voucher programs, and charter schools .

During his address, Trump said Davis has been on a waiting list for Pennsylvania's opportunity scholarship program. The state gives businesses a tax break for donations that help pay for qualifying children to attend a different school, including private schools.

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"I can proudly announce tonight that an Opportunity Scholarship has become available, it’s going to you, and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice," Trump said to the girl.

But the scholarship didn't become available via normal channels.

DeVos will have to pay for the girl's tuition directly in part because state law in Pennsylvania caps how much donors can contribute to the opportunity scholarship fund.

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Trump ' s State of the Union school choice scholarship will be paid by Betsy DeVos . One Philadelphia girl will benefit . USA TODAY. Amazon paid a 1.2% tax rate on ,285,000,000 in profit for 2019. Yahoo Finance. Romney and Trump have a long-running love-hate relationship.

And when USA TODAY contacted Pennsylvania's Department of Education Wednesday, officials weren't even aware of what Trump had done during his address on Tuesday.

The school choice scholarship wait list in Pennsylvania is long. Between the two educational tax credit programs in that state, there are about 40,000 to 50,000 more applicants than available scholarships, said Michael Torres, spokesman for the Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative think tank that supports school choice.

DeVos spokeswoman Liz Hill did not respond to follow-up questions about how long DeVos planned to fund the girl's educational expenses. The secretary, whose husband is the former CEO of multilevel marketing company Amway, donates her entire federal salary each year to charity.

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Trump's action Tuesday only added to the controversy around school choice, an overarching term that applies to nontraditional schools that get public money, such as charter schools run by nonunionized teachers and private, religious schools that may receive taxpayer money in some states.

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Trump ’ s decision to transform the usually rote, if prestigious, State of the Union address into a theatrical canvas, he added, is classic The whirlwind continued for the Davis duo Wednesday, as they hitched a ride aboard Air Force Two with DeVos and Vice President Pence back to Philadelphia

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Secretary Betsy DeVos , Speaker Mike Turzai, to Bishop Fitzgerald, Monsignor I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump . I hope some of you kids got to see that State of the Union Address last night.

Proponents, including DeVos and Vice President Mike Pence, believe students should be able to use taxpayer money to pursue whatever kind of education they desire, from religious schools to homeschooling. DeVos and Pence were scheduled to appear Wednesday at an event in Pennsylvania, where lawmakers have been clashing over expanding money for school choice programs.

DeVos and Trump have advocated for a $5 billion federal school voucher program, which Trump also championed in his State of the Union address. But the program is widely believed to be dead on arrival in a Democrat-controlled House. Some conservatives oppose it also.

Opponents of private-school choice, including teachers unions and most Democrats, believe the programs siphon off money and students from traditional districts, leaving fewer resources in public schools to serve the most challenged students.

Education coverage at USA TODAY is made possible in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation does not provide editorial input.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump's State of the Union school choice scholarship will be paid by Betsy DeVos. One Philadelphia girl will benefit.

Trump's State of the Union guest given scholarship already attends desirable school .
President Trump's State of the Union guest given a scholarship to get out of a "failing school" already attends a desirable one in Philadelphia. At one point, he talked about his campaign issue that there should be "choice" in education.

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