Administration Trump announces $ 85 million to support disadvantaged students in the nation's capital Attend K-12 private schools of their choice program popular primarily serves lower low-income students and minority 22 of July, 2020 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
  • WASHINGTON - secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the Department of Education award at the least $ 85 million over the next five years for disadvantaged students from families with lower incomes in Washington, DC, to attend private schools of their choice, as part of the DC Opportunity scholarship Program. DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) is the school choice program only with federal funds in the nation. The program was reinstated by President Donald J. May 2017 triumph under a cruel decision by the Obama Administration to cut funding.

    "Students and parents love the Opportunity Scholarship Program DC, as it gives them the freedom to choose the right fit for them education," said Secretary of DeVos. "When students find the right fit, we know they are more likely to succeed. While many Democrats in Congress continue to do the bidding of union bosses who want nothing more than to cut funding for this program successfully, this administration will continue to be on the side of students and parents. This program should not be subject to political whims. It was established because students and parents DC, headed by my dear friend Virginia Walden Ford, demanded, and leaders of both parties in Congress came together to do the right thing. President Trump and will continue struggling to grow DCOSP and we will not rest until all students in the United States have access to an education that best suits your learning needs and prepares them for future success. "

    Each year, DCOSP awards scholarships to more than 1,500 students living in Washington, DC, allowing them to attend private schools of their choice. The average income of participating families is less than $ 27,000 per year, and over 90% of the participating students identify themselves as Black or Hispanic / Latino.

    The Trump Administration is also working to expand DCOSP, so that more students can take advantage of the transformative power of freedom of education. In fiscal year 2021 budget request, the President asked Congress to nearly double funding for the program of $ 17.5 million in fiscal 2020 to $ 30 million.

    Today's news follows an announcement by the Department of Education US in February 2020 that it would hold a contest to identify a non-profit organization to administer the program for the next five years. A panel of independent reviewers assessed the applications. The winner was the administrator of the program corresponds, serving our children, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, which will administer grants and provide support services to beneficiaries and their families.

    BACKGROUND

  • The program DC Opportunity Scholarship was authorized by Congress in 2003 with bipartisan support. Obama Administration tried several times to complete the program by reducing its funding. The action is called "hypocritical and evil" by leading advocacy groups of black and Hispanic education.
  • The average income of participating families is less than $ 27,000 per year.
  • Nearly 10,000 scholarships for low -Incomes students have been awarded during the lifetime of the program.
  • More than 75% of scholarship students reside in districts 4, 7 and 8 of Washington, DC, and that would otherwise be allocated to traditional public schools fail.
  • Whereas only 69% of students in DC public schools graduated from high school in recent years, almost 98% of graduates scholarship recipients, with 86% of graduates going on to attend a college of their choice.
  • Nearly 40,000 students have applied for a scholarship during the lifetime of the program, indicating both the demand and the need for more choice.
  • Serving children is the program manager and owner will now continue to operate the program for the next five years. Today's action will lead to the immediate grant of $ 17 million for fiscal 2020, and an estimated $ 85 million over the next five years. views
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