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Devos Backs Tennessee's Push For School Choice

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she's encouraged by Tennessee's latest push to expand school vouchers throughout the state and said she's cheering on lawmakers to make the right choice.

DeVos, a Republican who has long advocated for private school vouchers, made the remarks while visiting Nashville on Monday. She met with newly elected Republican Gov. Bill Lee and other top Republican and education leaders in a closed-door meeting at the statehouse before visiting one of the city's charter schools.

Currently, Lee is urging lawmakers to back a $125 million proposal that would boost the number of parents who can use education savings accounts to pay tuition at private elementary and secondary schools.

If approved, families in certain low-performing school districts could receive up to $7,300 in state funds.

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