DC OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

15th Anniversary - January 24, 2019

2019 marks the 15th anniversary of the Washington, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, the OSP.

The enactment of this program was a bipartisan effort by people who had but one goal – helping children in the District of Columbia get a better education. They created a three-sector federal initiative to improve public schools, provide crucial funding DC’s charter schools, and establish the OSP to provide scholarships for children in low-income families to attend the District’s private schools.

The results tell us that the OSP has been one of the best investments the federal government has ever made in helping children from low-income families get a quality education.

In 2010, an independent 5-year study found that the use of a DC OSP scholarship increased the likelihood of high school graduation by 21 percentage points.  Over the years, 90% of OSP graduates have gone on to attend a college, university, technical school or the military.

The OSP was enacted with the notion that all children can achieve if given the opportunity.  The average family income for an OSP family is $22,000 per year. 95% of the students are African American or Latino. Since 2004 more than 21,000 D.C. students have applied.

Student Success Stories


Events


DC OSP’s 15th Anniversary Celebratory Reception

The Liaison Capitol Hill
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6-8 PM

SOAR Act – Reauthorization of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program

We're live at St. Thomas More Catholic Academy where Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is holding a hearing on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) and SOAR Act, "The Opportunity to SOAR: 15 Years of School Choice in DC."

Posted by Catholic Schools – Archdiocese of Washington on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

DC OSP’s National School Choice Week Carnival

THEARC
1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11 AM – 3 PM

Stay tuned for details on additional celebratory events!

Legislative Update


What’s the latest from Capitol Hill?

This year the SOAR Act, which includes the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program is up for reauthorization in Congress.  Senator Ron Johnson (WI) and Representative Mark Walker (SC) introduced legislation early in 2019.  Additionally, our goal is to increase the amount of funds for scholarships through the Congressional Appropriations process.  We will keep you updated on the status of the legislative process on this page!

Jan 24, 2019

SOAR Reauthorization Act of 2019  Introduced in the House

Link to Bill —

Jan 24, 2019

SOAR Reauthorization Act of 2019 introduced in the Senate

Link to Bill —

What’s the latest from Capitol Hill?

Feb 26, 2019

Watch live at St. Thomas More Catholic Academy in SE Washington, DC where Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, held a hearing on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) and SOAR Act, “The Opportunity to SOAR: 15 Years of School Choice in DC.”  Senator Tim Scott testified to the life changing impact of the program for the participating students.  Additionally, several alumni and school leaders told their stories.

June 11, 2019

Rep. Andy  Harris (MD) offers his amendment to increase funding and support the DC OSP in the House Appropriations Committee

(start at 3:37:40)

Link  – House Approps hearing

https://youtu.be/iMpyJZU5s-8

Stay tuned for details on additional celebratory events!

Videos


DC School Choice: Students Speak Out in Favor of D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Save the Opportunity Scholarship Program

Ronald Holassie, DC OSP Recipient’s Congressional Testimony

Dr. Tiffany Dunston, former DC OSP recipient

School Choice: Every family deserves maximum flexibility and freedom