Federal - HR 10

A bill to reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act, and for other purposes.

Introduced

October 5, 2015

Description

A bill to reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act, and for other purposes.

Our Position

Oppose

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 14

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  • July 14, 2016 — Placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S5099, S5151

  • July 13, 2016 — Read for the first time in the Senate. Congressional Record p. S5078, S5094

  • Oct. 22, 2015 — Received in the Senate and held at the desk. Congressional Record p. S7460

  • Oct. 21, 2015J. Larson, D-Conn., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.553, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. H7051

  • Oct. 21, 2015House Vote 559 D.C. School Vouchers — Passage
    Passage of a bill that would reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to D.C. students to cover tuition and other expenses to attend private schools. Specifically, the bill would extend through fiscal 2021 the current annual authorization level of $60 million, evenly split among the program, D.C. public school improvement and D.C. public charter school expansion. The bill would require private schools to be accredited or be seeking accreditation to be eligible to participate in the program and would bar the Education Department from limiting student eligibility based on certain factors, such as the school the student previously attended. Passed 240-191. Congressional Record p. H7078-H7079

  • Oct. 21, 2015House Vote 558 D.C. School Vouchers — Recommit
    Scott, D-Va., motion to recommit the bill to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with instructions to report back immediately with an amendment that would require schools, in order to participate in the program, to certify that they will provide participating students with protections under civil rights, age discrimination, and disability laws. Motion rejected 185-242. Congressional Record p. H7078

  • Oct. 21, 2015 — Committee of the Whole amendment adopted by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H7076

  • Oct. 21, 2015 — Norton, D-D.C., amendment no. 2, that would restore the requirement that the voucher program be evaluated using the strongest possible research design and would limit voucher students to no more than 50 percent of a school's total enrollment, rejected by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H7073-H7076

  • Oct. 21, 2015 — Chaffetz, R-Utah, amendment no. 1, that would require the Education Department and D.C. to report on, rather than evaluate, the use of funds provided for the D.C. voucher program and would provide for student eligibility if they attend "one of the lowest-performing" D.C. public schools under D.C.'s accountability system, rather than "a low-achieving school" as identified by D.C.'s education authority, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H7073

  • Oct. 21, 2015 — Considered by the House. Congressional Record p. H7061-H7077, H7077-H7079

  • Oct. 21, 2015House Vote 554 Payments if Debt Limit Reached and D.C. School Vouchers — Rule
    Adoption of the rule (H Res 480) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 692) that would require the Treasury Department, if the debt limit is reached, to issue obligations in order to make certain principal and interest payments and the bill (HR 10) that would reauthorize a D.C. school voucher program through fiscal 2021. Adopted 245-182. Congressional Record p. H7051-H7052

  • Oct. 21, 2015House Vote 553 Payments if Debt Limit Reached and D.C. School Vouchers — Previous Question
    Foxx, R-N.C., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 480) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 692) that would require the Treasury Department, if the debt limit is reached, to issue obligations in order to make certain principal and interest payments and the bill (HR 10) that would reauthorize a D.C. school voucher program through fiscal 2021. Motion agreed to 241-181. Congressional Record p. H7051

  • Oct. 20, 2015 — Rules Committee resolution, H Res 480, reported to the House as a rule for HR 10.

  • Oct. 20, 2015Statement of Administration Policy issued by Office of Management and Budget.

  • Oct. 20, 2015 — House Rules Committee granted a structured rule providing for consideration of the bill. Congressional Record p. H7010, H7026

  • Oct. 20, 2015 — Rules Committee vote: Rule for Floor Debate of HR 10, DC Vouchers; HR 692, Debt Prioritization-Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full House by voice vote.

  • Oct. 20, 2015 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Rules Committee.

    Oct. 20, 2015 — Committee Vote: Rule for Floor Debate of HR 10, DC Vouchers; HR 692, Debt Prioritization — Open Rule
    L. Slaughter, D-N.Y. —

    Amendment that would provide an open rule for consideration of the DC voucher program and debt prioritization bills.

    Rejected 3-6.

    Oct. 20, 2015 — Committee Vote: Rule for Floor Debate of HR 10, DC Vouchers; HR 692, Debt Prioritization — Vote to Report

    Provide a structured rule for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 10) that would extend through fiscal 2021 the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides eligible public school students with scholarships to pay the tuition, fees, and transportation expenses to attend the District of Columbia private elementary school or secondary school of their choice.

    The rule would allow for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

    It would provide 10 minutes of debate on the following amendments made in order, which would not be subject to further amendment or division vote:

    • Chaffetz, R-Utah, amendment that would give schools not currently participating in the program another year to become provisionally or fully accredited if the school shows its accreditation application is in process and will be awarded within a year. It would allow the Education secretary to use unobligated scholarship funds in previous fiscal years for scholarships.
    • Norton, D-D.C., amendment that would require schools to certify that the number of its scholarship students do not exceed the number of non-scholarship students at the school. The count would not include current scholarship recipients or their siblings. The amendment also would require the program to be conducted using the "strongest possible research design."
    • The rule would waive all points of order against consideration of the bill and its provisions, waive all points of order against the amendments, and provide one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

      Debt Prioritization

      It also would provide a closed rule for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 692) that would instruct the Treasury Department to prioritize certain payments in the event the $18.1 trillion debt limit is breached.

      The rule would allow for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee.

      It also would waive all points of order against consideration of the bill and its provisions, and provide one motion to recommit.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full House by voice vote.

  • Oct. 16, 2015 — Reported to the House amended by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 114-292Congressional Record p. H6980

  • Oct. 9, 2015 — Oversight & Government Reform Committee vote: DC Vouchers-Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) 16-14.

  • Oct. 9, 2015 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

    Oct. 9, 2015 — Committee Vote: DC Vouchers — Manager's Amendment
      Chaffetz, R-Utah —

    Amendment that would give schools not currently participating in the program another year to become provisionally or fully accredited if the school shows its accreditation application is in process and will be awarded within a year. It would allow the Education secretary to use unobligated scholarship funds in previous fiscal years for scholarships.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Oct. 9, 2015 — Committee Vote: DC Vouchers — School Limits
      Norton, D-D.C. —

    Amendment that would require schools to certify that the number of its scholarship students do not exceed the number of non-scholarship students at the school. The count would not include current scholarship recipients or their siblings. The amendment also would require the program to be conducted using the "strongest possible research design."

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Oct. 9, 2015 — Committee Vote: DC Vouchers — Program Evaluation
      Meadows, R-N.C. —

    Amendment that would add the requirement that new program evaluations continue to include students who were evaluated in the most recent evaluation.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Oct. 9, 2015 — Committee Vote: DC Vouchers — Vote to Report

    Extends through fiscal year 2021 the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provide eligible public school students with scholarships to pay the tuition, fees, and transportation expenses to attend the District of Columbia private elementary school or secondary school of their choice.

    The bill would prohibit the Education Secretary from capping the program or preventing eligible students from attending.

    Schools would also be required to be provisionally or fully accredited within five years of enactment. A school could receive a year extension to this requirement if it can show its accreditation application is in process and will be awarded within a year.

    It also would require eligible schools to use internal fiscal and quality control, and to conduct criminal background checks on school employees who have direct and unsupervised interaction with students.

    The bill would allot $2 million of the amount provided under the grant each year for administrative expenses and parental assistance. It would also require the Education Secretary to use unobligated scholarship funds at the end of the fiscal year, including prior fiscal years, for scholarships.

    It would require "an acceptable quasi-experimental research design" for determining the effectiveness of the program. The bill would also eliminate parts of the evaluation that include students who applied for but who did not receive opportunity scholarships.

    The bill would add to the program evaluation a comparison of the college enrollment, persistence and graduation rates of students who participated in the program in previous years as the result of winning the program’s lottery, with the rates of students who entered but did not win such lottery in those years and who, as a result, served as the control group for previous evaluations of the program.

    It would allow the Education Secretary to direct the funds provided to public charter schools to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education of the District of Columbia (OSSE), which may then transfer the funds to subgrantees that are specific DC public charter schools, networks of such schools or DC-based non-profits with experience in successfully providing support or assistance to DC charter schools.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) 16-14.
  • Oct. 8, 2015 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Meadows, (R-N.C.)
  • Oct. 7, 2015 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Blum, (R-Iowa)Mulvaney, (R-S.C.)
  • Oct. 6, 2015Draft bill text released by Rep. Boehner, R-Ohio

  • Oct. 6, 2015 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Bishop, R. (R-Utah)Comstock, (R-Va.)Foxx, (R-N.C.)
    Cole, (R-Okla.)DeSantis, (R-Fla.)
  • Oct. 5, 2015 — Original cosponsor(s): 6

    Chaffetz, (R-Utah)Kline, J. (R-Minn.)Messer, (R-Ind.)
    Frelinghuysen, (R-N.J.)Lipinski, D. (D-Ill.)Rokita, (R-Ind.)
  • Oct. 5, 2015 — Read twice and referred to: House Oversight and Government Reform.Congressional Record p. H6794

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