Democrats Accidentally Deliver a Massive Win for School Choice

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Provisions of the coronavirus-relief bill may unintentionally help families choose the best schools for their children.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Democrats’ enormous $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” (ARP) satisfied a laundry list of progressive policy priorities. But in a remarkable twist, it also included a $110 billion expansion of the child tax credit, a measure that holds the potential to become a massive, historic expansion of school choice.

The ARP, enacted by Democrats on a party-line vote, created an unrestricted, refundable child tax credit of $3,600 for children under six and $3,000 for children aged six to 17. The credit applies to all families making less than $150,000, and is paid out as a cash grant to parents if the

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