Archdiocese of Washington Welcomes Committee Passage of Bill to Extend Opportunity Scholarship Program
Friday, October 9, 2015
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act of 2015 (H.R. 10) by a 16-14 vote. The legislation would reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program through 2022. The committee passage clears the way for a vote on H.R. 10 in the House chamber.
H.R. 10 would reauthorize the three-sector program that gives $60 million in funding to be evenly divided among public schools, charter schools and scholarships for low-income families to use at non-public schools. Parents in the nation’s capital should continue to have the option of selecting a school that best fits the educational needs of their children. Since its inception in 2004, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has been a popular and effective program providing a quality private school education to nearly 6,200 very low-income children within the District of Columbia.
The Archdiocese of Washington is in full support of the reauthorization of this highly successful and popular program for families in the nation’s capital.
The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 95 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.
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