Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to meet today with Defense Secretary James Mattis to ask for his support for a plan to provide military families the option of establishing education savings accounts to pursue alternative educational opportunities. DeVos appears to be backing legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), which already has picked up 59 co-sponsors, reports U.S. News & World Report. Military families would have the ability to redirect a portion of their Impact Aid allocations into an account to pay for private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, online courses and other educational expenses, under the bill, H.R. 5199.
A spokeswoman for DeVos told U.S. News that the secretary “continues to meet with members of the administration and Congress who want to find new and innovative ways to ensure all children in America, particularly our nation’s military-connected students, have access to the world class education they deserve.” While the proposal has gained support from conservative groups, organizations representing military families are opposing it.
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