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Judge strikes down DeVos plan to boost pandemic relief for private schools


September 9, 2020

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos answers questions following a visit to Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Ga., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. | Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

A federal judge on Friday ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' effort to boost the amount of emergency pandemic relief that flows to private school students is illegal and struck down the policy.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, an appointee of President Donald Trump, ruled that DeVos ran afoul of the CARES Act when she required public schools to send a greater share of pandemic assistance to private school students than is typically required under federal law.

The judge sided with the NAACP, which had brought the legal challenge against DeVos' policy, criticizing it as a ploy to divert emergency aid away from needy public schools toward more affluent private-school students.


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