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May 18, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Trump Aims to End Public-Service Loan Forgiveness

Debt Relief for Workers in Public Service on Chopping Block: President Trump's first full education budget would eliminate the 10-year-old federal program offering student-loan forgiveness for people in "public service" jobs, such as nonprofit and government employees, The Chronicle of Higher Education writes, citing reporting by The Washington Post. Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on charity workers' concerns about the state of the loan-forgiveness program.

The Post, which obtained budget documents ahead of the spending plan's unveiling next week, also reports that the administration aims to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from public-school programs, including after-school activities and teacher training, and channel $400 million of the savings into expanding charter schools and voucher programs for private and religious academies.

Private-School Donors in Some States Earn Profit From Giving, Study Says: Donors in many of the states that have tax-credit scholarship programs for private schools can recoup more than the cost of the gift through expansive state and federal deductions, The New York Times writes, citing a report by a national association of public-school superintendents. Some schools advertise the profit-making potential in appeals to donors, the study found.

"Gag Rule" Expansion Could Hamper Fight to End AIDS:
Nonprofits working to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS abroad could lose U.S. funding if they mention abortion when counseling clients under an executive order by President Trump that took effect this week and is far broader than a version of the policy enacted by past Republican administrations, according to The Washington Post.

Court Blocks U.S. Move to Limit Nonprofit Legal Aid for Immigrants:
A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order against the Justice Department's bid to prevent organizations from giving legal advice to people facing deportation whom they do not formally represent in court, Reuters reports. The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, with backing from other legal-aid groups, sued to block the restriction.