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DeVos drops controversial rule giving coronavirus aid to private schools after judge said it was illegal

Sep 15, 2020

By Valerie Strauss

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has quietly dropped a controversial rule directing states to give private schools a bigger share of federal coronavirus aid than Congress had intended after a federal judge ruled that it violated the law.

The case involved the distribution of about $13.5 billion that Congress included in its $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (Cares) Act, passed in March, to mitigate economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Education Department did not respond to a query about the issue. The department did not announce the decision to drop the rule but put it in an update Wednesday about the Cares Act. The department said that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia had ordered the rule vacated on Friday, Sept. 4, and that, therefore, the rule “is no longer in effect.”

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