Federalizing School Choice Could Be Trump’s Common Core

By Inez Feltscher Stepman - Posted at The Federalist:

The Trump administration now wants to take a successful conservative idea—school choice—and make it susceptible to getting strangled in federal red tape.

In coordination with a bill to be sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced the administration’s support for a federal school choice tax credit, touting it as proof of President Trump’s commitment to opportunities for students.

While school choice is critical and often undervalued, a federal school choice program reaches beyond the constitutional mandate of the federal government, and presents a real danger to private education in the future. If it passes, this latest example of federal overreach could be the Trump administration’s equivalent to the Common Core debacle, and worse, could taint one of the most important reforms advanced by conservatives in the states.