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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed a tax credit last month for people and businesses who donate money for children to attend private schools, a move that has stirred up the school choice debate among politicians and education analysts.

The big picture: Despite the encouragement for more growth through scholarships, New York City charter schools, which are funded by local taxes, grants and donations, reached their cap last week. If the state doesn’t lift the cap, charter growth will most likely end. Resources have begun to drain while enrollment for charter schools across the country has grown exponentially, causing teachers from charter schools to walk out this year for the first time ever.

What they're saying:

  • Andy Rotherham, founder of nonprofit consulting firm Bellwether Education Partners, told Axios: "The Trump administration has had its chances to put forth initiatives of school choice that could force some hard conversations, and it’s highly unlikely the tax incentive introduced was the one. ... The administration doesn’t seem to be able to stay on message about anything for very long. Democrats control the House. It’s hard to see them bringing this up for a vote."
  • House Education Committee chairman Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said on NPR: "If you’re going to spend money in education, there are better ways of spending it than a scholarship program that’s totally undefined. You have to consider any proposal that’s made, but I think it's fair to say I’m skeptical."
  • American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said at an Axios event: "You cannot think that you can privatize or outsource this. You have this huge available asset called public education that really wants to align with business and industry both in terms of K-12 and in terms of community colleges."
  • Jim Blew, the Education Department's assistant secretary for policy and development, said on NPR: "Because it is a tax credit, the Fed doesn’t need to get involved with new mandates, new regulations. The voluntary component makes sure money is not diverted from public schools and teachers."

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CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”