House Passes H.R. 10: SOAR

ACSI Statement on the  SOAR Act

House Passes H.R. 10—Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Reauthorization Act of 2015—October 21, 2015 by a vote of 240-191.

The SOAR Act includes a reauthorization of the successful and bipartisan D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) which gives low-income parents education options for their children that include faith-based alternatives.ACSI member-schools in the District of Columbia participate in the program. OSP scholarship recipients graduate at a rate of 90%, some 30-points higher than DC public school students.Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) deserves thanks for sponsoring the legislation and for his many years of proven commitment to the OSP. The next step is for the Senate to take up the legislation.Thank you to all those who called/emailed their Representative about this important parental choice legislation for the District of Columbia.

Please Take Action! House to Vote Wednesday, 10/21, on school choice bill, H.R. 10, the SOAR Act.The SOAR Act would reauthorize the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) and for other purposes. Please contact your Representative and urge him/her to support the bipartisan H.R. 10, Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act of 2015.

Washington, D.C. - The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) welcomes today's introduction of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act of 2015 in Congress.  The SOAR Act reauthorizes the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), a popular and successful parental choice program designed to give low-income District parents more options for educating their children.  It also provides additional funding to D.C. public and public charter schools.

"The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) gives options to parents and students in D.C. who need those options most," said Dr. John Storey, Senior Director of ACSI's Northeast Division.  "Our member-schools in the District are grateful to serve parents for whom both academic strength and Christian faith are priorities." 

"ACSI thanks Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for introducing the SOAR Act and for his long and proven record of support for D.C. parents and children who benefit from the OSP," noted Dr. Tom Cathey, ACSI Director for Legal Legislative Issues.  "The OSP is a valuable program and it's easy to see why it has bipartisan support.  We urge Congress to act quickly to pass the SOAR Act."

Speaker Boehner introduced the bipartisan SOAR Act, H.R. 10, with original co-sponsors Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), John Kline (R-MN), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Luke Messer (R-IN).

The OSP awarded 1442 scholarships to students who attend one of 51 participating schools in 2014-15.  Expenditures for 2014 were $13.4 million.  Families on food stamps or who earn 185% of the federal poverty line qualify for scholarships.

The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is a nonprofit, non-denominational, religious association providing support services to nearly 24,000 Christian schools in over 100 countries. ACSI serves 3,000 Christian preschools, elementary, and secondary schools and 90 post-secondary institutions in the United States, including four member-schools in the District of Columbia. Member-schools educate 5.5 million children worldwide.


For more information, see the press release by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Speaker Boehner Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize DC School Choice Program.