A bill to expand opportunity through greater choice in education, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education
Act or the CHOICE Act

This bill amends the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act to include
among the eligibility criteria for opportunity scholarships, a requirement that
a student in Washington, DC is enrolled, or will be enrolled for the next school
year, in a public or private elementary or secondary school. (Opportunity
scholarships are provided to low-income DC students to enable them to attend a
participating private school of their choice.)

The bill also amends the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to allow
states that have established a program which allows the parents of disabled
children to use public or private funds for assistance with the cost of their
children attending a private school, to supplement those funds with their
allocation of federal special education funds.

The bill authorizes grants to support the design and initial implementation of
state programs that allow the parents of a disabled child to make a choice of
the appropriate public or private school for their child.

The Department of Defense (DOD)must carry out a five-year pilot program to award
scholarships to enable military dependent students who live on military
installations to attend the public or private elementary or secondary schools
their parents choose.DOD must select at least five military installations to
participate in the program and choose those where military students would
benefit from expanded education options.

The Department of Education must return to the Treasury specified amounts made
available for salaries and expenses.



  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Jan 24th, 2017