Bill Revising Lottery Scholarships Approved

From Richard Locker:
The Tennessee legislature made two changes in the state’s lottery scholarship program today – allowing the scholarships for summer school for the first time and limiting their use to 120 hours of academic credit in most cases.
The changes are effective for students who received their first Hope scholarships in the fall of 2009 and thereafter.
“I think this is a step in the right direction. It encourages students to move at a faster pace,” said state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, the bill’s Senate sponsor.
The Senate approved the bill 27-1 this afternoon and sent it to Gov. Bill Haslam, who applauded the bill’s passage and will sign it into law. Haslam proposed the measure (HB2010) allowing the lottery-funded scholarships for summer school, and the legislature added the 120-hour limit to deal with a deficit between lottery proceeds and the costs of the scholarships.
Lawmakers had also considered raising the high school grade-point average required to qualify for Hope scholarships, from 3.0 to 3.2 but it appears that measure won’t pass this year.
Senate Democratic Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis said the 120 hour limit will mean some students will exhaust their lottery scholarships before obtaining undergraduate degrees. He said the average Tennessee public university student graduates with 133 hours of credit.
See also the News Sentinel report, HERE, which focuses on the 120-hour limit.

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