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DC School Voucher bill (Identified by CRS)

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DC Parental Choice Incentive Act of 2003

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Official Title as Introduced

To provide low-income parents residing in the District of Columbia, particularly parents of students who attend elementary or secondary schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, with expanded opportunities for enrolling their children in higher-performing schools in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.


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Date
06/23/2003Introduced in House

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Date
07/10/2003Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 22 - 21.
Action By: Committee on Government Reform
07/10/2003Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Government Reform
06/23/2003Referred to the House Committee on Government Reform.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/23/2003Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E1326)
Action By: House of Representatives
06/23/2003Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Government Reform06/23/2003 Referred to
07/10/2003 Markup by

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Introduced in House (06/23/2003)

DC Parental Choice Incentive Act of 2003 - Directs the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to eligible entities to provide students from low-income families in the District of Columbia (DC) with scholarships to enable them to attend the DC private elementary or secondary school of their choice.

Requires priority to be given to applications from eligible entities which will most effectively: (1) give priority to eligible students who attend an elementary or secondary school identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under specified provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; (2) target resources to students and families that lack the financial resources to take advantage of available educational options; (3) provide students and families with the widest range of educational options; and (4) serve students of varying age and grade levels. Makes DC public educational entities, or nonprofit organizations and consortia, eligible to apply for such grants. Allows award of a single grant or multiple grants for up to five years.

Allows scholarship payments to parents in varying amounts according to need, up to $7,500, to cover costs of tuition, fees, and transportation expenses. Requires scholarships to be considered assistance to the student, not to the school, and to be treated as parental income.

Allows a parent to choose, and a school to offer, a single-sex school, class, or activity. Allows religiously affiliated schools to participate in the program and use funds made available under this Act: (1) for religious education purposes; and (2) to employ persons of the same religion. Allows such a school to: (1) take sex into account consistent with its religious tenets or beliefs; (2) have religious art, icons, scriptures, or other symbols in the school, religious terms in its name, and religious references in its mission statements and other chartering or governing documents; and (3) select its board members on a religious basis.

Requires each school that chooses to participate in the program to accept participating eligible students: (1) on a first-come, first-served basis; or (2) if the school cannot accommodate all such students that seek admission, through a random selection process.