Republican-backed legislation to give parents more control over their children's education is expected to get a boost in the next Congress if school choice advocate Betsy DeVos is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's education secretary.

Some proposals are expected to easily pass next year, such as the reauthorization of Washington, D.C.'s scholarship program, which allows students to use federal money to attend private and charter schools.

But plans to expand school choice nationwide have in the past run into strong opposition from Democrats and some Republicans who see it as a threat to public schools, and hesitation by Republicans to push a...

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