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Former allies on school choice now divided by Trump budget

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, joined by Education Department Budget Service Director Erica Navarro, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the Education Department's fiscal 2018 budget. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to provide federal tax money for private-school scholarships is getting pushback from an unconventional source: groups known for promoting school-choice initiatives.

Stand for Children is a group that supports charter schools and is sometimes at odds with teachers unions. Now it says it’s going to collaborate with a teachers union to oppose Trump’s plan.

Some states have voucher and scholarship programs, but the federal government has never done anything like this for K-12 students nationwide. The proposal sets aside $250 million for scholarships.

Expanding school choice was a major piece of Trump’s education platform when he was a candidate.

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This story has been corrected to show this would be the first federally funded private-school scholarship program that would be available nationwide.

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