School is out for the summer, but the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) continues to pass with flying colors.
For nine years, DC’s landmark school choice program has empowered low-income parents to choose the best learning environment for their children. And the most recent data from the 2011-2012 school year shows it’s working: graduation rates are on the rise.
- Ninety-seven percent of OSP students are graduating from high school, a four percent increase from the two previous school years.
- After graduation, 91 percent of the 2012 class went on to enroll at a two-or-four year college/university, a two percent increase from the two graduating classes preceding them.
Parents of OSP students remain more than pleased with their children’s academic progress, with a 92 percent approval rating the last two years, but who wouldn’t be with numbers like these? The president of the United States, apparently.
That’s right. More than a year after President Obama signed legislation renewing and expanding the highly-successful program, his administration tried to block full implementation of the law and deny new students access to a quality education.
Thankfully, because of the hard work of Speaker Boehner and our House GOP majority, thousands of low-income families are able to give their children an opportunity to succeed in life and achieve the American dream. And House Republicans have made making life work for more Americans by expanding educational opportunities a key component of the House GOP economic growth agenda, which you can read more about here.
As Speaker Boehner said on the House floor, “I’m proud to say I’ve supported the Opportunity Scholarship Program from the get-go, but I’m even more proud of the fact I had nothing to do with its success. For that, we can thank the students and the parents who have become more than just the program’s beneficiaries – they are its greatest ambassadors.”