Text: H.R.2072 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/23/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2072


To authorize States to use funds provided for the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program to provide vouchers to cover tuition costs at private schools, and transportation costs to and from public schools, of foster children of all ages.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 23, 2009

Mrs. Bachmann (for herself, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Tiahrt, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Bartlett, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Herger, Mr. Pence, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. Paul, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, Mr. Garrett of New Jersey, Mr. Cantor, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Brown of South Carolina, Ms. Fallin, Mr. Marchant, Mr. Campbell, and Mr. King of Iowa) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To authorize States to use funds provided for the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program to provide vouchers to cover tuition costs at private schools, and transportation costs to and from public schools, of foster children of all ages.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “School Choice for Foster Kids Act”.

SEC. 2. Authority of States to use funds provided for the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program to provide vouchers to cover tuition costs at private schools and transportation costs to and from public schools, of foster children of all ages.

Section 477 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(6), by inserting “and to make available vouchers for tuition costs at private schools and transportation costs to and from public schools, to youths in foster care regardless of their age” before the period;

(2) in subsection (h)(2), by striking all that follows “vouchers” and inserting “as provided in subsection (i).”; and

(3) in subsection (i), by redesignating paragraphs (5) and (6) as paragraphs (6) and (7), respectively, and inserting after paragraph (4) the following:

“(5) Vouchers under the program may be available to youths in foster care, regardless of age, for the cost of tuition at a private school offering elementary or secondary education, or the cost of transportation to and from a public school offering such education.”.