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Romney to propose voucher-like education overhaul

3 years ago May 23, 2012 May 23, 2012 Wednesday, May 23 2012 Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:24:11 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is proposing a voucher-style system that could fundamentally change public education in the United States.

The former Massachusetts governor was expected to outline the plan during a speech Wednesday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

A Romney aide said the candidate wants to let low-income and disabled students use federal funding to attend public schools, public charter schools and, in some cases, private schools. Federal funds could also be applied to tutors or digital courses.

The plan is line with GOP reforms aimed at giving students more educational choices. But it's unclear how schools in areas that depend on the federal funding would fare.

The Romney adviser says the proposal would not include any new federal money for education.

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