President Trump encourages Tenn. school voucher bill allowing Student Choice

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UPDATED 7:08 AM PT – Thursday, April 25, 2019

Tennessee’s proposed school voucher bill has caught the attention of President Trump, who’s applauding the state’s efforts.

In a tweet Wednesday, the president said Tennessee was “close to passing school choice.” He went on to say all children “deserve a shot at achieving the American dream.”

Under the bill, qualifying students would receive state funds to attend a school of their choice, public or private, as opposed to the school assigned to their area.

If passed, the $125 million proposal would provide 5,000 children with opportunities they would otherwise not have in just the first five-years. The Senate will vote on the measure Thursday.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talks with students in a sixth grade math class at Cameron Middle School Monday, April 1, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. DeVos said she’s encouraged by Tennessee’s latest push to expand school vouchers throughout the state and said she’s cheering on lawmakers to make the right choice. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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