Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) recently introduced his Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE) Act.
The act provides the children of military members, students with disabilities and low-income students in Washington, D.C. with various funding and scholarship opportunities.
“Every single student deserves access to a quality education,” Scott said. “We must make sure our education system is designed with that one, single concept in mind, and my CHOICE Act will help unlock the potential of students who might otherwise be left behind. I look forward to working with soon-to-be-confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on this bill and other issues critical to the future of our children.”
The CHOICE Act provides startup funds to encourage states to design and implement school choice programs for disabled students between the ages 6 and 21. The act also allows states with established disability school choice programs to expand with federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds.
Military children living on bases without Department of Defense (DoD) Education Activity schools may benefit by the creation of a DoD scholarship pilot program. Students may receive up to $8,000 annually for elementary school and $12,000 for high schools.
The CHOICE Act will also allow Washington, D.C.'s low-income students who attend private schools to take advantage of the Washington, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). The successful program has increased graduation rates from 55 to 70 percent in public schools to more than 90 percent for OSP students.
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