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DeVos announces $100,000 donation from President Trump
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared at a White House briefing on Wednesday to announce that President Trump would be donating his second-quarter salary to the Education Department. The money will reportedly go to a science, technology, engineering and math-focused camp for students to be hosted at department. An unidentified spokesperson for the department told NPR, "We are in the beginning stages of the planning process, and as we have more information, we will provide it."
Trump's budget request in May called for a $9.2 billion cut to the Education Department's budget.
NAACP calls for a ban on for-profit charter schools
The civil rights organization has been weighing in on school choice at least since last year, when it called for a moratorium on charter school expansion. An NAACP task force spent the year visiting cities including New Orleans and Detroit, where many African-American children attend charter schools. They have now issued a reportcalling for tighter regulation, better fiscal transparency and accountability for charters, and an end to for-profit management of schools.
Some school choice advocates have responded with surveys and other research showing black parents support school choice.
College tuition growth slows
Pressure on parental wallets may be easing up, as The Wall Street Journal reported that college net prices rose on par with inflation in the 2016-17 school year, around 1.9 percent.
By contrast, tuition rose on average 6 percent each year between 1990 and 2014. Potential factors behind the change include an overall decline in enrollment and the fact that undergraduate federal student loan borrowing limits have not increased for a decade.