Ga. Senate Passes HOPE Scholarship Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill dramatically overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship program.

The bill is part of Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to keep lottery programs like HOPE and prekindergarten from going broke. It passed 35-20.

The bill would cut scholarships for all but the state's highest-scoring students. It also would eliminate payments for books, fees and remedial classes.

Awards would be set each year by the Legislature rather than being tied to tuition rates.

Democrats have said the bill is unfair to poor and minority students and the Lottery Corp. should give more money to education coffers before the awards are cut.

The measure now goes back to the state House to get approval for changes made in the Senate.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    Wtvy, why do yall put the very same post twice and say got two post?? Yall remind me of a story long time ago,There was this boy that was call Re Re.And I ask,Why is he call Re Re? And they said, He's retarded, can't you tell.
  • by just wondering on Mar 9, 2011 at 12:40 AM
    I thought lotteries were supposed to fund education and cure all those funding problems. Guess not, huh? As far as minorities and poor go; if they would pull up their pants, turn down their boomboxes and put forth an effort to learn something useful, they might not have that problem. In fact, they might eventually learn how the Democrats want to keep them dumbed down for the votes. All the gambling money and tax money will never fix that problem.
  • by just wondering on Mar 9, 2011 at 12:40 AM
    I thought lotteries were supposed to fund education and cure all those funding problems. Guess not, huh? As far as minorities and poor go; if they would pull up their pants, turn down their boomboxes and put forth an effort to learn something useful, they might not have that problem. In fact, they might eventually learn how the Democrats want to keep them dumbed down for the votes. All the gambling money and tax money will never fix that problem.
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