LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT: D.C. OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP REAUTHORIZATION HEARING
March 25, 2011
The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is a federally funded program which has allowed over 3,300 children from low-income families in the District of Columbia to attend non-public schools since 2004. Nearly 9,000 families have applied to participate in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Unfortunately, since 2009, no new scholarships, including for siblings of current recipients, have been issued. This scholarship program is part of a three-sector program that also includes additional funding for public schools and charter schools in the District of Columbia. Reauthorization of this three-sector program would make $60 million available to be evenly divided among public schools, charter schools and scholarships for low-income families to use at non-public schools.
On March 10, 2011, the House bill was passed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The full House of Representatives may vote during the week of March 28.
For more information on how to contact your member in the House of Representatives to let them know that you support the reauthorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, please visit the USCCB alert page.
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