Will the Same Conservative Coalition That Derailed Health Care Bill Now Kill Federal School Choice?

Will the Same Conservative Coalition That Derailed Health Care Bill Now Kill Federal School Choice?

Date
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Excerpt from The Seventy-Four piece by Carolyn Phenicie:

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Last week, the conservative House Freedom Caucus opposed the Republicans’ health care bill on the grounds that it didn’t do enough to repeal Obamacare regulations and return health care insurance to the free market. Their opposition, combined with that of more-moderate Republicans, was enough to sink the bill, forcing Republican leaders to pull it from the House floor after promising a repeal of Obamacare for seven years.

Now, it seems, those same forces could hamper efforts to create a new federal school choice program.

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In order to create a new school choice program, Republicans will have to figure out what they think is an appropriate federal role in education — a question they’re still working out, said Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a more centrist policy analysis organization associated with the University of Washington Bothell.

“It’s one thing to critique things like [former President Obama’s] Race to the Top that they felt were intrusive, but now that they’re in power, they need to kind of get a philosophy on this and make sure it’s internally consistent and figure out what’s going to be best for kids,” she said.

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