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New Bill Would Give Native American Students School Choice


A bill introduced by Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) that would allow education savings accounts to be created with federal funding for eligible Native American students is scheduled for mark up and a vote on Wednesday.

The bill, the Native American Education Opportunity Act, would allow certain students attending schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education to attend a school of their choice or create a customized learning environment.

Eligible Native American students would be able to transfer 90 percent of their share of federal funding into an education savings account. In order for a student to use federal funding in a state education savings account program, the student must be eligible for an account under state program rules.


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