Feb 28, 2019

Betsy DeVos proposes tax credit to support school choice programs

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Photo: Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, alongside Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), announced Thursday a proposal for a full tax credit for people and businesses who donate money for children to attend private schools.

Why it matters: The "Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act" aligns with DeVos' school choice agenda, which supports private-school vouchers, home-schooling and public charter schools. The tax credits will be capped at $5 billion and would be matched dollar-for-dollar in contributions. States can choose to opt out of the tax credit.

Reality check: DeVos argues that freedom to choose schools funnels students out of poor-performing education systems. But the freedom to choose approach has been difficult to prove that it's successful for children. The proposal is also likely to face a lukewarm reception in the Democratic-controlled House.

Go deeper: Democrats accuse Education Department of interfering in probe of DeVos

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China approves Hong Kong national security law

Hong Kong riot police round up a group of protesters during a demonstration on Wednesday. Photo: Willie Siau/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Chinese lawmakers approved a plan on Thursday for a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that would criminalize sedition, foreign influence and secession in the Asian financial hub, per the New York Times.

Why it matters: The move comes hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in response to the plan that the certified to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China and does not warrant special treatment under U.S. law.

Go deeper: Hong Kong's economic future hangs in the balance

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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Minneapolis unrest as hundreds protest death of George Floyd

Protesters and police clash during demonstration on Wednesday over the death of George Floyd in custody outside the Third Police Precinct. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

A man died in a Minneapolis shooting during a second night of clashes between police and protesters in the city over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody, per AP.

The latest: Police said officers were responding to reports of a stabbing just before 9:30 p.m. and found a man lying in "grave condition on the sidewalk" with a gunshot wound, CBS Minnesota reports. On man is in custody over the incident.

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