GOP Lottery Scholarship Bill Favors Home School Students

A Republican plan to alter the lottery-funded Hope Scholarship program would make it easier for home-schooled students to qualify for the $4,000-per-year grant than students in traditional public and private schools, reports Richard Locker.
As originally filed, a controversial bill sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, would toughen eligibility standards for both traditional and home-schooled students, but a Gresham amendment up for consideration by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday would relax the bill’s original provisions for home-schoolers.
Meanwhile, House and Senate Democratic leaders on Monday afternoon called on Gov. Bill Haslam to help them block the overall bill, saying that it would deny full Hope Scholarships to 5,257 students in the 2015-16 school year, when the bill would go into effect if passed.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission predicted about 6,600 would be affected in the second year, and that about 22 percent of students who would qualify under current standards would not be eligible if the change is approved.

One thought on “GOP Lottery Scholarship Bill Favors Home School Students

  1. Eric Holcombe

    “”It’s unfair to treat kids differently based on where they go to school. That’s a simple principle,” said state Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga.”
    Seemed like it was all good when the lottery program unfairly required higher scores of homeschoolers for the first several years. Don’t remember NEA-Andy and the Dem majority protesting about that…but then again, it is a “simple” principle.
    Can’t we just can the lottery and go back to pre-lottery tuition rates? It costs more WITH the scholarship now than it did without it then.

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