The Department of Education (DOE) announced on Tuesday that it will eliminate the education lottery starting March 1, 2020.
The lottery will be replaced by a system of merit-based scholarships.
The lottery was created to allow low-income students to attend school, regardless of their family’s income, for free.
For years, students from low- and moderate-income families have struggled to attend public schools, especially in urban areas where there are limited choices for affordable education.
The Education Opportunity Grant program was created in the 1990s to provide aid to low-to-moderate-income communities to improve the quality of their schools.
It was supposed to increase access to higher education and increase student achievement.
But the program is plagued by enrollment problems and enrollment rates have remained stagnant over the last decade.
In 2015, Congress enacted the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires states to provide additional support for students with disabilities.
The IDEA also requires states and localities to make grants to help students with learning disabilities.
The Obama administration, in the wake of the 2017 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, decided to expand the IDEA to cover schools in states that didn’t have their own IDEA-funded scholarships.
The plan called for the IDTA to expand to every state and the District of Columbia, with the goal of providing grants for every child in the country.