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Brat supports school choice for low-income D.C. students

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Richmond, recently announced his proud support for an educational measure benefitting students in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, May 3, 2016 | comments
The local congressman co-sponsored the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act that passed the U.S. House in late April. The legislation gives scholarships to students from low-income families in D.C. so they can attend the school of their choice, according to a news release from Brat’s office.
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BY ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Richmond, recently announced his proud support for an educational measure benefitting students in Washington, D.C.

The local congressman co-sponsored the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act that passed the U.S. House in late April. The legislation gives scholarships to students from low-income families in D.C. so they can attend the school of their choice, according to a news release from Brat’s office.


The Act authorizes $60 million for the scholarship program, public schools and charter schools and extends funding until 2021.
“The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program gave more than 6,000 children in the district the chance to attend the school of their choice,” Brat said. “With 85 percent of parents reporting they are very happy with their child’s school, I am able to say that this is the sort of education program we should support.”

The federal program is administered through the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Arkansas professor Patrick Wolf testified last year about the success of the program before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform saying that use of the scholarships increased the likelihood of a student graduating from 70 percent to 91 percent, according to gop.gov.

“Student success from the scholarship program doesn’t stop with graduation, however, as 88 percent of graduates go on to a two-or-four year college or university,” according the congressman. “With more than 8,500 student names on the waiting list this year, this bill allows more students access to the best educational options available to them.”

For school year 2014-15, individual maximum scholarship awards for high school were $12,572 and $8,831 for elementary and middle school. The scholarships can be used only at participating schools for tuition, school-related fees and public transportation expenses.
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