President Donald Trump wants to siphon billions of dollars from public schools to fund private and religious school vouchers. It's an idea that's bad for kids, public education and our democracy.

Today, vouchers are used by less than 1 percent of the nation's students. Trump and his Education secretary, Betsy DeVos, want to change that. Trump's new budget proposal would make historic cuts to federal education spending, while diverting $1 billion into voucher programs--a "down payment" on his oft-repeated $20 billion voucher pledge.

We believe the president's plan would deal a terrible blow to public schools and to the 90 percent of...

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