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To the extent that any funds appropriated for the opportunity scholarship program under this division for any fiscal year remain available for subsequent fiscal years under section c , the Secretary shall make such funds available to eligible entities receiving grants under section a for the uses described in paragraph 2 —. A in the case of any remaining funds that were appropriated before the date of enactment of the SOAR Funding Availability Act, beginning on the date of enactment of such Act; and. B in the case of any remaining funds appropriated on or after the date of enactment of such Act, by the first day of the first subsequent fiscal year.

If an eligible entity to which the Secretary provided additional funds under paragraph 1 elects to use such funds during the fiscal year, the eligible entity shall use—. A not less than 95 percent of such additional funds to provide additional scholarships for eligible students under subsection a , or to increase the amount of the scholarships, during such year; and. B not more than a total of 5 percent of such additional funds for administrative expenses, parental assistance, or tutoring, as described in subsections b and c , during such year.

Any amounts made available for administrative expenses, parental assistance, or tutoring under paragraph 2 B shall be in addition to any other amounts made available for such purposes in accordance with subsections b and c. The correct text is shown below. An eligible entity or a school participating in any program under this division shall not discriminate against program participants or applicants on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the prohibition of sex discrimination in subsection a shall not apply to a participating school that is operated by, supervised by, controlled by, or connected to a religious organization to the extent that the application of subsection a is inconsistent with the religious tenets or beliefs of the school. Notwithstanding subsection a or any other provision of law, a parent may choose and a school may offer a single sex school, class, or activity. For purposes of this division, the provisions of section of the Education Amendments of 20 U.

Nothing in this division may be construed to alter or modify the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 20 U. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a school participating in any program under this division that is operated by, supervised by, controlled by, or connected to, a religious organization may exercise its right in matters of employment consistent with title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 42 U.

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A scholarship or any other form of support provided to parents of eligible students under this division shall be considered assistance to the student and shall not be considered assistance to the school that enrolls the eligible student. The amount of any scholarship or other form of support provided to parents of an eligible student under this division shall not be treated as income of the child or his or her parents for purposes of Federal tax laws or for determining eligibility for any other Federal program.

Each school participating in a program funded under this division shall comply with all requests for data and information regarding evaluations conducted under section a. A participating school, including the schools described in subsection d , may require eligible students to abide by any rules of conduct and other requirements applicable to all other students at the school. Each participating school shall comply with any testing requirements determined to be necessary for evaluation under section a 2 A i.

The Institute of Education Sciences shall administer nationally norm-referenced standardized tests, as described in paragraph 3 A of section a , to students participating in the evaluation under section a for the purpose of conducting the evaluation under such section, except where a student is attending a participating school that is administering the same nationally norm-referenced standardized test in accordance with the testing requirements described in paragraph 1.

Each participating school that administers the nationally norm-referenced standardized test described in paragraph 2 to an eligible student shall make the test results, with respect to such student, available to the Secretary as necessary for evaluation under section a. The Secretary and the Mayor of the District of Columbia shall—. A jointly enter into an agreement with the Institute of Education Sciences of the Department of Education to evaluate annually the opportunity scholarship program under this division;.

B jointly enter into an agreement to monitor and evaluate the use of funds authorized and appropriated for the District of Columbia public schools and the District of Columbia public charter schools under this division; and. C make the evaluations described in subparagraphs A and B public in accordance with subsection c. The Secretary, through a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement, shall—.

A assess participating eligible students who use an opportunity scholarship in each of grades 3 through 8, as well as one of the grades at the high school level, by supervising the administration of the same reading and mathematics assessment used by the District of Columbia public schools to comply with section b of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 20 U. B measure the academic achievement of all participating eligible students who use an opportunity scholarship in the grades described in subparagraph A ; and.


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C work with eligible entities receiving a grant under this division to ensure that the parents of each student who is a participating eligible student that uses an opportunity scholarship agrees to permit their child to participate in the evaluations and assessments carried out by the Institute of Education Sciences under this subsection.

The issues to be evaluated under paragraph 1 A shall include the following:. A 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 of a comparison group of students with similar backgrounds in the District of Columbia public schools and the District of Columbia public charter schools.

B The success of the program under this division in expanding choice options for parents of participating eligible students and increasing the satisfaction of such parents and students with their choice. C The reasons parents of participating eligible students choose for their children to participate in the program, including important characteristics for selecting schools.

D A comparison of the retention rates, high school graduation rates, college enrollment rates, college persistence rates, and college graduation rates of participating eligible students who use an opportunity scholarship with the rates of students in the comparison group described in subparagraph A. E A comparison of the college enrollment rates, college persistence rates, and college graduation rates of students who participated in the program in , , , , , , and as the result of winning the Opportunity Scholarship Program lottery with such enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates for students who entered but did not win such lottery in those years 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 a 3 A iii with respect to any such student. F A comparison of the safety of the schools attended by participating eligible students who use an opportunity scholarship and the schools in the District of Columbia attended by students in the comparison group described in subparagraph A , based on the perceptions of the students and parents.

G An assessment of student academic achievement at participating schools in which 85 percent of the total number of students enrolled at the school are participating eligible students who receive and use an opportunity scholarship. H Such other issues with respect to participating eligible students who use an opportunity scholarship as the Secretary considers appropriate for inclusion in the evaluation, such as the impact of the program on public elementary schools and secondary schools in the District of Columbia.


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B Students not attending public school. With respect to any student who is not attending a public elementary school or secondary school, personally identifiable information obtained under this division shall only be disclosed to—. All reports and underlying data gathered pursuant to this section shall be made available to the public upon request, in a timely manner following submission of the applicable report under subsection b , except that personally identifiable information shall not be disclosed or made available to the public.

The amount expended by the Secretary to carry out this section for any fiscal year may not exceed 5 percent of the total amount appropriated under section a 1 for the fiscal year. In addition, the Secretary must continue to monitor and evaluate students who were evaluated prior to passage of the SOAR Reauthorization Act.

Each eligible entity receiving funds under section a during a year shall submit a report to the Secretary not later than July 30 of the following year regarding the activities carried out with the funds during the preceding year. A the academic growth and achievement of students participating in the program;.

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B the high school graduation and college admission rates of students who participate in the program, where appropriate; and. No report under this subsection may contain any personally identifiable information. B the safety of the school, including the incidence of school violence, student suspensions, and student expulsions; and. Not later than 6 months after the first appropriation of funds under section , and each succeeding year thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations, Education and the Workforce, and Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Appropriations, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, an annual report on the findings of the reports submitted under subsections a and b.

As a condition of receiving funds under this division on behalf of the District of Columbia public schools and the District of Columbia public charter schools, the Mayor shall agree to carry out the following:. Ensure that all District of Columbia public schools and District of Columbia public charter schools make available to the Institute of Education Sciences of the Department of Education all of the information the Institute requires to carry out the assessments and perform the evaluations required under section a. Enter into the agreement described in section a 1 B to monitor and evaluate the use of funds authorized and appropriated for the District of Columbia public schools and the District of Columbia public charter schools under this division.

Not later than 6 months after the first appropriation of funds under section , and each succeeding year thereafter, submit to the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, information on—.

A how the funds authorized and appropriated under this division for the District of Columbia public schools and the District of Columbia public charter schools were used in the preceding school year; and. The following rules shall apply with respect to the funds provided under this division for the support of District of Columbia public charter schools:.

A specific District of Columbia public charter schools or networks of such schools; or. B District of Columbia-based nonprofit organizations with experience in successfully providing support or assistance to District of Columbia public charter schools or networks of such schools. If, after reasonable notice and an opportunity for a hearing, the Secretary determines that the Mayor has failed to comply with any of the requirements of subsection a , the Secretary may withhold from the Mayor, in whole or in part—.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to reduce, or otherwise affect, funding provided under this division for the opportunity scholarship program under this division. Official Code is repealed. B to provide opportunity scholarships under section a , including to provide such scholarships for the school year to students who have not previously received such scholarships.

Official Code , as such Act was in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this division, shall continue to receive funds in accordance with the terms and conditions of such grant or contract, except that—. Official Code , as such Act was in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this division, to address—. Subject to subsections c and d , the Secretary shall take such steps as the Secretary determines to be appropriate to provide for the orderly transition to the authority of this division from any authority under the provisions of the DC School Choice Incentive Act of sec.

The bills would authorize amounts made available for civilian personnel compensation and benefits in each agency to be apportioned up to the rate for operations necessary to avoid furloughs in such agencies, consistent with the applicable appropriations Act for FY, except that such authority shall not be used until after the agency has taken all necessary actions to reduce or defer non-personnel-related administrative expenses.

He wants to maximize it. Why is the Senate not making every stride they can to help our nation's disadvantaged children, hungry families and our veterans? Dan Uffner, writing at the American Thinker accused the Democrats of being the ones continuing the shutdown by listing all of the mini-appropriation bills passed by the House Republicans, including this one, and indicating the lack of action taken by the Senate Democrats.

It would also provide funding for the Smithsonian Institution , a group of museums and research centers, and other major museums affected by the shutdown. The bill would make appropriations for FY for continuing projects or activities that were conducted in FY and for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were made available by the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, division F of P. All units of the National Park System have been closed to the public since the shutdown began, as Congress has not appropriated funding for their operations and maintenance.

Senator Ted Cruz , have charged that some of the closures are unnecessary and being overzealously enforced at the behest of the Obama administration. The vast majority of the agency's staff have been furloughed, leaving only a limited number of law enforcement rangers and firefighters on duty to protect life and property.

There are bound to be accidents or crimes that would have been avoided or ameliorated had officials been on duty to respond or patrol. Various concession-operated visitor amenities have also been closed because the NPS staff who oversee concessionaires have been furloughed, preventing the agency from managing and directing concession operations. On Oct 4, park rangers blocked the entrance to the inn and turned away visitors. The National Park Service declared that the gathering was protected by the First Amendment and rangers allowed the veterans to enter. The bill would allow the District of Columbia to expend local funds under the heading "District of Columbia Funds" for such programs and activities under title IV of H.

Act , as modified as of the date of the enactment of this joint resolution. October 9, , District Mayor Vincent C. We're simply trying to be able to spend our own money. Reid replied "I'm on your side. Don't screw it up, okay? Don't screw it up. The bill would make appropriations for FY for veterans' benefits, specifically for entitlements and other mandatory payments whose budget authority was provided in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, division E of P. The bill would allow obligations for mandatory payments due on or about the first day of any month that begins after October but not later than 30 days after December 15, , to continue to be made and makes funds available for such payments.

The bill would provide amounts for "Department of Veterans Affairs--Departmental Administration--General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration" at a specified rate for operations, subject to the authority and conditions as provided under P. The funding would cover "pay and allowances for reserve members of the military who participate in inactive-duty training during fiscal year The bill would make appropriations for FY, for any period during which interim or full-year appropriations for FY are not in effect, for pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perform inactive-duty training during FY The bill would make such appropriations, funds, and authority granted by this Act available until whichever of the following first occurs: 1 enactment of an appropriation for any purpose for which amounts are made available by this Act, 2 enactment of the applicable regular or continuing appropriations resolution or other Act without any appropriation for such purpose, or 3 January 1, The "reserve components of the Armed Forces" are defined in section of title 10, United States Code.

Republicans argued that the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act was a bill that the two sides could cooperate on easily. Speaker of the House John Boehner pointed to the quick passage of the Pay Our Military Act only hours before the shutdown as an example of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans on an important issue.

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Boehner argued that because this was possible once, "we should have no trouble coming together and extending the same relief to our National Guard and Reserves. These men and women make incredible sacrifices for our country, and they and their families deserve this certainty and fairness.

The Senate should send this bill to the president's desk immediately. The financial security of our military families certainly is one. But isn't funding for veterans' services one, too? How about paying our national guardsmen and reservists, or making sure we have enough federal disaster funding? Democrats remained opposed to the bill, favoring a clean continuing resolution instead. Democrats, such as Rep. Pete Visclosky D-IN argued against the bill because "Congress still hasn't dealt with issues like military maintenance and procurement, research and development, and other important issues that would be covered by a full appropriations bill.

It was used as a legislative vehicle for the new bill. The bill would appropriate, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and out of applicable corporate or other revenues, receipts, and funds, for the National Institutes of Health NIH for FY, and for other purposes, such amounts as may be necessary, at a rate for operations as provided in the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, division F of P.

Republicans criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for being opposed to passing the bill, which would, among other things, fund programs supporting sick children. Reid, upon being asked if he "would support NIH funding to help even one child with cancer," said "Why would we want to do that? The bill would make appropriations, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and out of applicable corporate or other revenues, receipts, and funds, for the Department of Agriculture USDA for FY, and for other purposes, such amounts as may be necessary, at a rate for operations as provided in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, division A of P.

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Republicans argued in favor of the bill, with Rep. Robert Aderholf saying that "the WIC bill is the answer to Democratic complaints that the shutdown is threatening the nutrition of 8. Although 22 Democrats did vote in favor of the bill in the House, most congressional Democrats continued to oppose the piecemeal funding of the government using mini-continuing resolutions, instead favoring the passage of a full continuing resolution. The bill would make appropriations, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and out of applicable corporate or other revenues, receipts, and funds, for the Food and Drug Administration FDA for FY, and for other purposes, such amounts as may be necessary, at a rate for operations as provided in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, division A of P.

A week before the shutdown, the FDA was preparing contingency plans in case of a shutdown. The FDA will stop routine food safety inspections as well as most of its laboratory research. Employees will still handle emergencies and high-risk product recalls. Due to the shutdown, the FDA quit routine inspections of "food manufacturers, warehouses, packers, distributors and other key links in the food production chain," whereas it would normally average a week.

Republicans argued in favor of the strategy of mini-continuing resolutions as a way to find points of agreement between the two parties in order to fund at least some of the government. Aderholt argued that Congress should pass the bill because "we need to also limit any damage to the millions of jobs impacted by FDA's work in the food and bio-science industries.

Democrats continued to insist of having a full continuing resolution that would fund the whole government and accused the Republicans of holding the government hostage. The Editorial Board of The New York Times wrote an op-ed expressing concern over the furlough of many FDA employees, raising the issue that many of the furloughed employees worked on long-term threat assessment issues that weren't considered essential in the short-run. The program's services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children's physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills.

The bill would provide funding for the Head Start Program , a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition , and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. The Head Start Continuing Appropriations Resolution, would make appropriations, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and out of applicable corporate or other revenues, receipts, and funds, for the Head Start program for FY, and for other purposes, such amounts as may be necessary, at a rate for operations as provided in the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, division F of P.

On October 8, , John D. On November 1, programs in 41 other states and one US territory that serve 86, children will also run out of money. The shutdown also affected many Native American tribes; Head Start programs for American Indian children were among those programs. Arguing in favor of the bill, Rep. Carter said that "We have a duty to ensure that our nation is adequately prepared for disasters, so that our states are fully supported with their required federal assistance," especially with a storm gathering in the Gulf.

Despite this, most Democrats continued to oppose the piecemeal funding of the government using mini-continuing resolutions, instead favoring the passage of a full continuing resolution. This was the only one of the resolutions to pass the Senate and be signed into law. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. May This section is empty. You can help by adding to it.

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