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Introduced in Senate (01/24/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 213


To amend the SOAR Act.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 24, 2019

Mr. Johnson (for himself, Mrs. Feinstein, and Mr. Scott of South Carolina) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


A BILL

To amend the SOAR Act.

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 “SOAR Reauthorization Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Amendments to the SOAR Act.

(a) Amendments to SOAR.—The Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act (division C of Public Law 112–10) is amended—

(1) in section 3007 (sec. 38–1853.07 D.C. Official Code)—

(A) by striking subsection (c) and redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (c);

(B) in subsection (b)—

(i) in the subsection heading, by striking “and Parental Assistance” and inserting “, Parental Assistance, and Student Academic Assistance”;

(ii) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking “$2,000,000” and inserting “$2,200,000”; and

(iii) by adding at the end the following:

“(3) The expenses of providing tutoring service to participating eligible students that need additional academic assistance. If there are insufficient funds to provide tutoring services to all such students in a year, the eligible entity shall give priority in such year to students who previously attended an elementary school or secondary school identified as one of the lowest-performing schools under the District of Columbia’s accountability system.”; and

(C) in subsection (c), as redesignated by subparagraph (A)—

(i) in paragraph (2)(B), by striking “subsections (b) and (c)” and inserting “subsection (b)”; and

(ii) in paragraph (3), by striking “subsections (b) and (c)” and inserting “subsection (b)”;

(2) in section 3008(h) (sec. 38–1853.08 D.C. Official Code)—

(A) in paragraph (1), by striking “section 3009(a)(2)(A)(i)” and inserting “section 3009(a)”;

(B) by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

“(2) The Institute of Education Sciences may administer assessments to students participating in the evaluation under section 3009(a) for the purpose of conducting the evaluation under such section.”; and

(C) in paragraph (3), by striking “the nationally norm-referenced standardized test described in paragraph (2)” and inserting “a nationally norm-referenced standardized test”;

(3) in section 3009(a) (sec. 38–1853.09 D.C. Official Code)—

(A) in paragraph (1)(A), by striking “annually”;

(B) in paragraph (2)—

(i) in subparagraph (A), by striking clause (i) and inserting the following:

“(i) is rigorous; and”; and

(ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking “impact of the program” and all that follows through the end of the subparagraph and inserting “impact of the program on academic achievement and educational attainment.”;

(C) in paragraph (3)—

(i) in the paragraph heading, by striking “on Education” and inserting “of Education”;

(ii) in subparagraph (A)—

(I) by inserting “the academic progress of” after “assess”; and

(II) by striking “in each of grades 3” and all that follows through the end of the subparagraph and inserting “; and”;

(iii) by striking subparagraph (B); and

(iv) by redesignating subparagraph (C) as subparagraph (B); and

(D) in paragraph (4)—

(i) in subparagraph (A), by striking “A comparison of the academic achievement of participating eligible students who use an opportunity scholarship on the measurements described in paragraph (3)(B) to the academic achievement” and inserting “The academic progress of participating eligible students who use an opportunity scholarship compared to the academic progress”;

(ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking “increasing the satisfaction of such parents and students with their choice” and inserting “those parents' and students' satisfaction with the program”; and

(iii) by striking subparagraph (D) through (F) and inserting the following:

“(D) The high school graduation rates, college enrollment rates, college persistence rates, and college graduation rates of participating eligible students who use an opportunity scholarship compared with the rates of public school students described in subparagraph (A), to the extent practicable.

“(E) The college enrollment rates, college persistence rates, and college graduation rates of students who participated in the program as the result of winning the Opportunity Scholarship Program lottery compared to the enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates for students who entered but did not win such lottery and who, as a result, served as the control group for previous evaluations of the program under this division. Nothing in this subparagraph may be construed to waive section 3004(a)(3)(A)(iii) with respect to any such student.

“(F) The safety of the schools attended by participating eligible students who use an opportunity scholarship compared with the schools in the District of Columbia attended by public school students described in subparagraph (A), to the extent practicable.”; and

(4) in section 3014(a) (sec. 38–1853.14, D.C. Official Code), by striking “fiscal year 2019” and inserting “fiscal year 2024”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on September 30, 2019.


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