Reauthorizing the DCOSP will help change even more lives in the District

By Lisa Telliga
This week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will begin a hearing to markup a bill to allow the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DC OSP) to continue for an additional 5 years. This legislation will reauthorize a program that has opened doors and removed barriers to access a quality education for thousands of children living in our nation’s Capital.
This program has been a lifeline for children. 98 percent of program participants are assigned to a failing public school and all students come from low-income families that would not be able to afford tuition to a private school.
The program enjoys large support in the community and continues to be in high demand. Since the program began in 2004, more than 16,000 families have applied to participate in the DC OSP. It boasts 90 percent graduation rate with nearly 90 percent of students moving on to college after graduation.
As a strong advocate for children, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) introduced a bill to reauthorize the DC OSP as his first piece of legislation after being elected Speaker of the House by his colleagues. With his retirement quickly approaching at the end of the month, it is fitting that the House will move to again reauthorize this program and continue to serve D.C. students in the future.
The DC OSP is an example of funding what has been successful and works for countless students in the District. We hope that it will continue to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged students and give them the best opportunity for a high caliber education and continued success in their lives.


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