Federal - HR 1387

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

Introduced

March 7, 2017

Description

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

Our Position

Oppose

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 10

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  • March 27, 2017 — Reported to the House by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 115-62Congressional Record p. H2463

  • March 10, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: D.C. Scholarship Voucher Program — Research Standards
      Connolly, D-Va. —

    Amendment that would require that the evaluation of the program is conducted using the strongest possible research design available for determining the effectiveness of the program.

    It would require the Education secretary to work with parents and schools with students on the scholarship to participate in measurements given annually by the Institute of Education Sciences in the Education Department.

    Amendment that would require that the evaluation of the program is conducted using the strongest possible research design available for determining the effectiveness of the program.

    It would require the Education secretary to work with parents and schools with students on the scholarship to participate in measurements given annually by the Institute of Education Sciences in the Education Department.

    Rejected 17-23.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: D.C. Scholarship Voucher Program — Nondiscrimination Clause
      Watson Coleman, D-N.J. —

    Amendment that would prevent federal funds through the program from being used in ways that discriminate against actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Amendment that would prevent federal funds through the program from being used in ways that discriminate against actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Rejected 17-22.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: D.C. Scholarship Voucher Program — Student with Disabilities
      DeSaulnier, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would require all schools participating in the scholarship program abide by a national law on standards and requirements for educating students with disabilities.

    Amendment that would require all schools participating in the scholarship program abide by a national law on standards and requirements for educating students with disabilities.

    Rejected 18-23.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: D.C. Scholarship Voucher Program — Vote to Report

    Reauthorize a scholarship voucher program for low-income students allowing them to attend private schools in D.C. (PL 112-10) through 2022.

    The bill would shift the focus of the program from parents with students attending school identified as problematic under the national K-12 education law to parents with students attending a school identified as one of the lowest-performing schools under D.C.'s accountability system.

    The bill would prohibit the Education secretary from limiting the number of students receiving the scholarship based on their previous school, whether they received a scholarship in the past, and whether the student was part of a group used to carry out evaluations of the program in past years.

    The legislation would end a limit on the number of site visits to a school an entity must describe when applying to participate in the scholarship. It also would require applicants to explain how schools in which 85 percent of students have the scholarship are financially viable.

    Under the bill, applicants would be required to show how they utilize internal fiscal and quality controls and comply with applicable fiscal reporting requirements.

    In addition to the current accreditation requirements, participating schools would be required to send a certification of their accreditation no later than five years after this law is enacted. If a school is not properly accredited under the law, it would require them to help the parents of the students attending the school in identifying, applying to and enrolling in another participating school.

    The bill would require the program treat students who were awarded the scholarship but did not use it as student renewing their program, rather than as a new applicant.

    The bill also would require the Education secretary to make $2 million available for the administrative expenses of carrying out the program. It also would add the administrative duty of identifying any barriers for participating and eligible students to gain admission to their first-choice school. The $2 million almost must be used toward educating and assisting parents.

    The bill would change the requirements for how the program is found to be effective from the strongest possible research design for determining effectiveness to an acceptable quasi-experimental research design.

    The bill also would require additional information on the college enrollment, persistence and graduation rates for students who participated in the program and those who applied but did not participate in the program. It also would require an assessment of student achievement at schools in which 85 percent of students are participating in the scholarship program.

    It would tasks the mayor with ensuring that the institute has all necessary information to carry out evaluations.

    The bill would allow the Education secretary to withhold funding to D.C. public or charter schools if either of them fail to comply with the requirements in the legislation.

    It also would allow the secretary and D.C.'s state superintendent of education to send funding for charter schools to nonprofit organizations with experience in successfully providing support or assistance to D.C. charter schools.

    It would require the Education secretary and mayor to revise the memorandum of understanding to reflect the updated program.

    It also would define core subject matter as math, science, and English, reading or language arts.

    Reauthorize a scholarship voucher program for low-income students allowing them to attend private schools in D.C. (PL 112-10) through 2022.

    The bill would shift the focus of the program from parents with students attending school identified as problematic under the national K-12 education law to parents with students attending a school identified as one of the lowest-performing schools under D.C.'s accountability system.

    The bill would prohibit the Education secretary from limiting the number of students receiving the scholarship based on their previous school, whether they received a scholarship in the past, and whether the student was part of a group used to carry out evaluations of the program in past years.

    The legislation would end a limit on the number of site visits to a school an entity must describe when applying to participate in the scholarship. It also would require applicants to explain how schools in which 85 percent of students have the scholarship are financially viable.

    Under the bill, applicants would be required to show how they utilize internal fiscal and quality controls and comply with applicable fiscal reporting requirements.

    In addition to the current accreditation requirements, participating schools would be required to send a certification of their accreditation no later than five years after this law is enacted. If a school is not properly accredited under the law, it would require them to help the parents of the students attending the school in identifying, applying to and enrolling in another participating school.

    The bill would require the program treat students who were awarded the scholarship but did not use it as student renewing their program, rather than as a new applicant.

    The bill also would require the Education secretary to make $2 million available for the administrative expenses of carrying out the program. It also would add the administrative duty of identifying any barriers for participating and eligible students to gain admission to their first-choice school. The $2 million almost must be used toward educating and assisting parents.

    The bill would change the requirements for how the program is found to be effective from the strongest possible research design for determining effectiveness to an acceptable quasi-experimental research design.

    The bill also would require additional information on the college enrollment, persistence and graduation rates for students who participated in the program and those who applied but did not participate in the program. It also would require an assessment of student achievement at schools in which 85 percent of students are participating in the scholarship program.

    It would tasks the mayor with ensuring that the institute has all necessary information to carry out evaluations.

    The bill would allow the Education secretary to withhold funding to D.C. public or charter schools if either of them fail to comply with the requirements in the legislation.

    It also would allow the secretary and D.C.'s state superintendent of education to send funding for charter schools to nonprofit organizations with experience in successfully providing support or assistance to D.C. charter schools.

    It would require the Education secretary and mayor to revise the memorandum of understanding to reflect the updated program.

    It also would define core subject matter as math, science, and English, reading or language arts.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House by voice vote.
  • March 9, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Lipinski, (D-Ill.)Russell, (R-Okla.)
  • March 8, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

  • March 7, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 8

    DeSantis, (R-Fla.)Harris, A. (R-Md.)Rokita, (R-Ind.)
    Foxx, (R-N.C.)Meadows, (R-N.C.)Walberg, (R-Mich.)
    Frelinghuysen, (R-N.J.)Messer, (R-Ind.)
  • March 7, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Oversight and Government Reform.Congressional Record p. H1592

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