Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) plans to introduce legislation giving low-income and disabled students increased access to educational choice, as a member of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee. Loeffler’s “Choice for Every Child Act” gives individual states the authority to distribute federal funds to low-income students and those with disabilities, empowering them to have adequate access to educational choice.

The legislation allows for federal funds to be used for the public or private school of choice, or, alternatively, the funds can be used as direct payments to parents for at-home educational resources. In the case of children with disabilities, families can receive direct payments if they choose not to send their child to their local schools. 

“Each State may choose whether to have local educational agencies in the State distribute funds made available for eligible children who are enrolled in State-accredited private schools within each local educational

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A low-income family that is paid by the state for taking care of a mentally disabled child at home does not have to count that pay as income when seeking housing benefits, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday in a Bay Area case.

Families should not be penalized for spending time and scarce resources to care for a mentally ill child or have to choose between placing the child in a hospital or losing their home, the court majority said in a 4-3 ruling. Dissenters, led by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, said the ruling “will come at the cost of assistance to other families in need” by reallocating millions of dollars from the already-underfunded Section 8 housing program.

Justice Ming Chin wrote the majority opinion on his last day before his retirement after 24 years on the court. His successor, not yet announced, will be Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first appointee.

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  • US prosecutors say Brian Kolfage, a wounded combat veteran who was indicted for fraud alongside former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, allegedly used funds crowdsourced online for a border wall to pay for a luxury boat.
  • The indictment that came down Thursday says Kolfage received $350,000 in donor funds, which he then used “to pay for his own personal expenses,” including “payments toward a boat.”
  • The indictment says that the US government is seizing a boat named “Warfighter” among other assets. The 40-foot-long boat and its four outboard motors have been featured prominently on social media.
  • That same luxury boat appears in a video posted on Kolfage’s Instagram page and looks to have taken part in a Trump Fourth of July boat parade in Florida.
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Brian Kolfage, a wounded Air Force veteran who was indicted for fraud alongside former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, allegedly

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