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Good morning, it’s May 19, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

Secretary DeVos is set to deliver a major policy speech Monday that will lay out the administration’s plans for expanding school choice. According to Caitlin Emma’s reporting at Politico, DeVos will unveil some sort of education tax credit scholarship proposal that will not be mandated by Washington but will give states the flexibility to opt in or out. Some experts doubt that any school choice proposal with the word “federal" attached to it will make it through this Republican Congress so we shall see how the administration tries to thread the needle. 

A new report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce has sparked an interesting debate over class-based affirmative action. The report found that a significant number of Pell Grant recipients are qualified to attend elite colleges but don’t (for a variety of reasons). Christopher Beach takes a close look at the study and spoke with a few of the colleges that the report singled out for enrolling a very low number of Pell students. 

According to the preview of Trump’s education budget obtained by the Washington Post, the Department of Education may do away with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, a program that cancels student loan debts for those who work for the federal government or a nonprofit if they have been making on-time payments for 10 years. The revelation has more than 400,000 borrowers panicking about the future of the program. 

In other higher education news, June Chu, the Pierson College Dean at Yale University, has been placed on leave after reviews she made on Yelp went public, including one in which she refers to some customers as “white trash." Ironically, her bio on the Yale website said that during her career she has “sought to help students not only succeed academically but to support their holistic academic experience and multifaceted identities."

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