Proposed changes to education rely heavily on school vouchers
, "publicly funded scholarships that students may use for private-school tuition." These programs claim to give parents and students better choices than public schools. [http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB8018/index1.html] However, studies show that '''many school choice programs do not provide enough funding to low-income families''' to provide for the full cost of private school tuition.[https://thinkprogress.org/why-the-racist-history-of-school-vouchers-matters-today-c972bec8a257#.z0p7lsam8] '''Few charters perform better than low-performing traditional public schools '''. Vouchers would also give taxpayer money to religious schools, because most private schools are religiously affiliated. [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/opinion/betsy-devos-and-gods-plan-for-schools.html]
educational program would encourage more students to attend charter schools , which are '''16% more likely to suspend students''' than non-charter schools.[https://www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/resources/projects/center-for-civil-rights-remedies/school-to-prison-folder/federal-reports/charter-schools-civil-rights-and-school-discipline-a-comprehensive-review]
*[[Trump_Administration#Secretary_of_Education_Betsy_DeVos|Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos]] has shown enthusiasm for '''taxpayer-funded private school vouchers'''. During his campaign, President Trump proposed a '''$20 billion federal voucher program'''.[http://www.vox.com/2016/12/2/13767668/donald-trump-education-betsy-devos-school-vouchers]
* High-performing charter school networks stayed away from Michigan during
that state's Davos-led push for charter schools. Without state regulation, the school market was seen as unstable. [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/us/politics/betsy-devos-how-trumps-education-nominee-bent-detroit-to-her-will-on-charter-schools.html?_r=0]
* [https://www.resistancemanual.org/index.php?title=Disability_Rights&oldid=12538#Trump.2FGOP_Agenda_4 Check our Disability Rights page] to read how '''voucher programs negatively impact students with disabilities'''.