The Senate on Dec. 2 passed a Republican bill overhauling the tax code. The bill passed by a 51-49 vote. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post) The Senate tax bill that passed in the wee hours of Saturday morning could have massive implications for schools and universities, students and parents. Public education advocates warned that certain provisions could put pressure on state and local spending for public schools while giving parents incentives to send children to private schools. The bill passed 51 to 49 after senators worked through the night on last-minute revisions and amendments — including some scribbled in the bill’s margins. The legislation has to be reconciled with a version passed by the House before being sent to President Trump, but many of the provisions affecting education are likely to stay. [Senate GOP tax bill passes in major victory for Trump, Republicans] Public education advocates hammered the bill for offering incentives to private school parents through tax-free school savings accounts while eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes that fund public schools. “It’s crazy that we’re eliminating the ability of people to deduct their state and local taxes that go directly to local services, including schools . . . while at the same time providing a $10,000 incentive for folks to send their kids to private schools,” said Sasha Pudelski, assistant director for policy and advocacy at the American Association of School Administrators, which represents public school superintendents across the country. Here’s a round-up of what the bill could mean for education. 1. It’s good for Hillsdale College (and others, too) Much of the high-drama wrangling over the bill centered on Hillsdale College, a tiny conservative Christian institution in Michigan whose benefactors include Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and whose graduates include her brother, Erik Prince, founder of the troubled security contractor Blackwater. Late Friday, after Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) authored an amendment that would exempt the college from a tax on endowments, Democrats slammed the GOP for protecting an institution with connections to the administration. HAPPENING