published Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Georgia: Deal reveals proposed changes to HOPE scholarship

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal introduced legislation today to preserve the state’s HOPE scholarship programs.

Among other changes, Deal proposed:

* Beginning this fall, students with a 3.0 GPA attending Georgia public colleges and universities will receive 90 percent of the standard tuition rate.

* Eliminating funds for books, eliminate funding for remedial classes, cap eligible hours at 127 and ensure that HOPE scholars are prepared for college-level work by requiring these students to take a certain number of rigorous high school courses.

* Eliminating the use of HOPE Grant funds for remedial classes.

* Creating the Zell Miller scholarship program, named for the governor who created HOPE. Under the new legislation, Zell Miller scholars will include the top 10 percent of HOPE scholars under the present system based on both a 3.7 GPA and a 1200 SAT or 26 ACT score. Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, said the governor’s proposal is something to work with.

“I’m still working through it just like everybody else, but I think it’s definitely a positive framework to work from,” he said.

For complete details, read tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Perla Trevizo...

Perla Trevizo joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2007 and covers immigration/diversity issues and higher education. She holds a master’s degree in newswire journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas. In 2011 she participated in the Bringing Home the World international reporting fellowship program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, producing a series on Guatemalan immigrants for which she ...

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podiebell said...

So instead of tightening it's belt where it needs to, the state is punishing it's citizens for trying to better themselves, especially the ones who need the most help. Developmental classes are for those of us who were not given the proper education in high school so we need further help before we make it to the college level. If the point of Deal's proposal is to reduce the number of students going to school then he has this one covered!

February 22, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
DSCStudent said...

As a student I can assure you that some people are simply not college material. I get less of an education because of unqualified students in my classes. Students who are not willing to put forth the work necessary to earn their degree cause disruptions during most of my classes. I pay the same amount of tuition as they do and I deserve to be able to learn in a college level environment. Most of these students behave as if they were still in hgh school. I am tired of my professors and instructors having to stop and go back over something that the students should have learned on their own. A committed student will work to grasp a subject through some method be it by homework, learning support services, the internet, whatever means necessary. I am sick and tired of having people complete these "remedial classes" who are STILL not up to speed. I did not receive a fantastic education in high school either but I did take the time to work and study at home and to use the learning support centers on campus. Not everyone should be eligible for a college education. Not everyone is qualified for a college education. No one should get a free ride. People need to start EARNING what they get and stop expecting handouts!

February 22, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.
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