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house Bill H.R. 10

Does the DC School Choice Program Need to be Reauthorized?

Argument in favor

The DC school choice program has helped many young people obtain a better education than they would’ve received in its absence. This program must be reauthorized, as failing to do so could cause students to have to transfer back to a lower-performing school.

BTSundra's Opinion
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04/08/2016
Schools in D.C. are appalling, and students should get to choose the place which forms their young life.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/19/2015
Reading the bill, it states that the purpose is to provide low income families in the DC area more options and resources to go to different schools in the DC area. Also gives more resources and support to schools in the DC area. I find no reason NOT to approve this bill.
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gailnabity's Opinion
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10/26/2015
Until school district truly provide the same education and facilities of learning to every child school choice programs should be supported in every way.
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Argument opposed

Students should either go to their local public school or pay their own way to go to a private school without scholarship assistance. The federal government doesn’t need to provide scholarships to these students and their families.

Jay's Opinion
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10/27/2015
Fix PUBLIC schools. Stop funneling public money into private corporate educational systems.
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Wes's Opinion
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10/28/2015
The Feds need to get out of the education business.
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jrs333's Opinion
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10/20/2015
I hate any bill that has "and for other purposes" in the title. Sounds like an "I gotcha". If the purposes can not be spelled out then they need to be removed.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed October 21st, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 240 Yea / 191 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedOctober 5th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 10?

This bill would prohibit the Dept. of Education from limiting the number of eligible students receiving District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) scholarships while reauthorizing the program through 2021. The Dept. of Education would also be blocked from preventing otherwise eligible students from participating because of:

  • The type of school the student previously attended;

  • Whether or not the individual previously received the scholarship or participated in OSP, or was a member of the control group used by the Institute of Education Sciences to carry out previous OSP evaluations.

Priorities for the award of scholarships to eligible students would be modified to give priority to students who:

  • In the preceding school year attended a school identified as a low-achieving school to the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE);

  • Certain students regardless of whether they have attended a private school.

OSP-participating schools must:

  • Conduct criminal background checks on school employees who have direct and unsupervised interactions with students;

  • Comply with all requests for data and information regarding certain reporting requirements.

Private schools that are participating in OSP must be accredited or in the process of seeking accreditation.

The Dept. of Education must make OSP funds available to eligible entities receiving a grant for administrative expenses and parental education and assistance, including a streamlining of the application process.

Previously unobligated OSP funds must be used to award new scholarships to students. The Dept. of Education may withhold specified OSP funds provided to the DC Mayor for DC public and charter schools for noncompliance with SOAR requirements.

Funds made available to support DC charter schools could be directed to the OSSE, which may transfer them to subgrantees that are:

  • Specific DC public charter schools in good standing or networks of such schools;

  • DC-based non-profit organizations with experience in successfully providing support or assistance to such schools or networks.

Impact

DC students and their families, schools, OSSE, and the Dept. of Education.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 10

$240.00 Million
The CBO estimates that this legislation would cost $240 million over the 2017-2020 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) introduced this legislation to help improve the the quality of education students receive the DC area:

“There is only one program in America where the federal government allows parents to choose the best schools for their kids, it is right here in Washington, DC, and it is working. This program gets the kind of results parents dream of for their kids. It is a model for how we can break the status quo that deprives too many students of a great education. This program was established with bipartisan support, and I am proud that we have bipartisan support for its renewal.”

This bill has 14 cosponsors in the House, including 13 Republicans and one Democrat.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Phil Roeder)

AKA

Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act

Official Title

To reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act, and for other purposes.

    Schools in D.C. are appalling, and students should get to choose the place which forms their young life.
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    Fix PUBLIC schools. Stop funneling public money into private corporate educational systems.
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    Reading the bill, it states that the purpose is to provide low income families in the DC area more options and resources to go to different schools in the DC area. Also gives more resources and support to schools in the DC area. I find no reason NOT to approve this bill.
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    The Feds need to get out of the education business.
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    Until school district truly provide the same education and facilities of learning to every child school choice programs should be supported in every way.
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    Of course the public teachers union would like all educational funds directed to public schools. The unions are also afraid that if private education begins to excel, all public school systems would be in jeopardy of offering tenured jobs and good pay for mediocrity.
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    I hate any bill that has "and for other purposes" in the title. Sounds like an "I gotcha". If the purposes can not be spelled out then they need to be removed.
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    YES YES YES!! We should be able to spend our tax dollars where we think our kids are going to get the best education. School Choice should be the law of the land; not just in DC!
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    This sounds like a cover-up bill. I attended public school in Washington, DC. There are serious issues in the education system - some schools have far less resources than others just a few miles away from them. This scholarship helps students get into good schools - but why not revamp the education system already existing? Attacking the root of the problem would produce more results in the long run.
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    I support public schools and believe we need to improve that system more rather than splitting funds to support other institutions that are not inlucisve of all students.
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    School choice has consequences and is not a panacea. Charters and private schools should be held to the same standards as public schools before taking public education dollars
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    While I am voting yes because something is better than nothing, we should make sure we have no low performing schools. Our nation cannot afford to leave students undereducated.
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    I don't like the fact it has stuff attached to it, but it needs I am for the bill because at least there will be kids that will be able to go to a decent school. The major fix would be to fix failing schools by not cutting their budgets, but increase their budget as way to correct the problem; if your car brakes down and needs an expensive fix most people will cut their loss and try to find a work around until your car brakes down again for the same reason. It's idiotic to think that cutting a budget to a failing school will fix the problem.
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    I would rather the Federal government get out of the education department
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    Parents should always have a choice about their child's education
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    Improve the public schools by getting rid of those (few, I hope) teachers and administrators who are incompetent. Improve the public schools by limiting classrooms to students who actually want to be there. Improve the public schools by making parents responsible for their little "darlings" disruptive and dangerous behavior. Improve the public schools by never forcing students to attend, thus making them wonder what they are missing.
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    I don't like the private for profit schools that are springing up everywhere. Funnel money into fixing the public schools and let those who want to send their kids to private schools do so on their own dime.
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    This will boost the likelihood that children in poor neighborhoods in D.C have the best chance at success possible.
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    Since the government cannot run a good school system the minimum we can do for the kids is allow them to go to descent private school
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    Federal Government need to stay out of public school, needs to stay local parents love their children and want what is best for them. Big Govt have no idea what happens in Local communities. Department of Education need to be shut down, waste of tax payers dollars and it's corrupt. Education is brainwashing propaganda, Liberal lies.
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