States like Florida are making it easy for parents to use vouchers to help pay the costs of private religious education, a clear conflict with the First Amendment tenet of separation of church and state. Because they are religious institutions – even though they receive state funding – they are usually exempt from nondiscrimination ordinances and are free to discriminate against LGBT children and staff.
Trump and DeVos support the use of vouchers for religious instruction. During his speech to Congress Trump said, “families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.”
DeVos has spent years pushing to take tax dollars away from schools and hand them over to parents to spend at religious and mostly-private for-profit charter schools.