Congress urged to keep funding scholarships for low-income students

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May 30, 2015

Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina talks about his own education and his support for reauthorizing funds for a scholarship program benefiting low-income students in the District of Columbia. Scott spoke May 14 at a House committee hearing held at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard) See SCHOOL CHOICE May 29, 2015.

Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina talks about his own education and his support for reauthorizing funds for a scholarship program benefiting low-income students in the District of Columbia. Scott spoke May 14 at a House committee hearing held at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Hundreds of students at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington witnessed the federal government at work when a hearing on the reauthorization of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act was held in their auditorium.

Supporters described it as a needed initiative that has given low-income families the ability to send their children to a school that best fits the child’s needs.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarships Program was created in 2004 and reauthorized in 2011 through the SOAR Act, as the legislation is called. Since the program was created, about 6,000 students in the District of Columbia have received the scholarships.

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