D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

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The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program provides scholarships to low-income children in Washington D.C.wikipedia
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School voucher

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The program was the first Federally funded school voucher program in the United States.
The Federal government provided a voucher program for 7,500 residents of Washington, D.C. - the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Private school

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The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program provides scholarships to low-income children in Washington D.C. for tuition and other fees at participating private schools.

Federal government of the United States

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The program was the first Federally funded school voucher program in the United States.

George W. Bush

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In 2004, President George W. Bush signed the D.C. School Choice Incentive Act of 2003, creating the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program to provide scholarships to students from low-income families to attend a private school of choice.

Barack Obama

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In 2009 the program faced a phase out with President Barack Obama’s 2009 budget proposal cutting all funding for the program and including language to prohibit any new students from receiving scholarships.

John Boehner

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In 2011, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senator Joe Lieberman introduced the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act to restore funding for the program and again allow new students to participate.

Joe Lieberman

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In 2011, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senator Joe Lieberman introduced the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act to restore funding for the program and again allow new students to participate.

Continuing resolution

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The entirety of the SOAR Act was included in the 2011 long-term continuing resolution, the passage of which resulted in a five-year reauthorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

The Heritage Foundation

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The lack of funding was criticized by conservatives, including The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal columnist Jason L. Riley, who argued that the program costs less per child and has a higher graduation rate than public schools in Washington D.C.

The Wall Street Journal

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The lack of funding was criticized by conservatives, including The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal columnist Jason L. Riley, who argued that the program costs less per child and has a higher graduation rate than public schools in Washington D.C.

Nonprofit organization

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Between 2004 and 2010, the Washington Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit group, administered the program, which was funded at $12 million a year.

Washington, D.C.

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The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program provides scholarships to low-income children in Washington D.C. for tuition and other fees at participating private schools.

United States Department of Education

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Annual funding status estimates provided by U.S. Department of Education.

Anthony A. Williams

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The program has received support from a number of prominent D.C. politicians, including former mayor Anthony A. Williams, former D.C. Council member Kevin P. Chavous and former D.C. Board of Education president Peggy Cooper Cafritz.

Kevin P. Chavous

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The program has received support from a number of prominent D.C. politicians, including former mayor Anthony A. Williams, former D.C. Council member Kevin P. Chavous and former D.C. Board of Education president Peggy Cooper Cafritz.

Peggy Cooper Cafritz

The program has received support from a number of prominent D.C. politicians, including former mayor Anthony A. Williams, former D.C. Council member Kevin P. Chavous and former D.C. Board of Education president Peggy Cooper Cafritz.

Randomized controlled trial

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In 2010, a randomized controlled trial conducted under the auspices of the Department of Education examined the impacts of the OSP students.

Political positions of John Delaney

During his 2012 congressional campaign, Delaney argued that the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program helps to give parents more options.

Political positions of Paul Ryan

Ryan is a supporter of private school vouchers and voted to extend the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program in 2011.

Black Alliance for Educational Options

The group was also critical of the defunding of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Children's Scholarship Fund

Forstmann and the late John Walton met as donors to the Washington Scholarship Fund (WSF), founded in 1993 to provide scholarships for low-income families in Washington D.C. When more than 8,000 applications applied to WSF for the 1998-99 school year the two men realized there was substantial demand among poorer families for alternatives to the public school system.