Education Secretary Betsy DeVos participates in a roundtable event at Waukesha STEM Academy Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)More

The Trump administration on Thursday moved forward with a policy ordering public schools across the U.S. to share coronavirus relief funding with private schools at a higher rate than federal law typically requires.

Under a new rule issued by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, school districts are ordered to set aside a portion of their aid for private schools using a formula based on the total number of private school students in the district.

The policy has been contested by public school officials who say the funding should be shared based on the number of low-income students at local private schools rather than their

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