The debate continues, but Senate Republicans are attempting to forge a bipartisan passage of Gov. Nathan Deal’s HOPE scholarship legislation by adding language to guarantee full-ride scholarships for the valedictorian and salutatorian – the No. 1 and No. 2 graduates — in every high school in Georgia.
Debate on the bill began more than an hour ago.
“Let’s keep these people at home – the first and second person in each class. Let’s keep them in Georgia society,” said state Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens. Cowsert gave credit for the idea to state Sen. Lester Jackson, a Democrat from Savannah.
Cowsert said that, in committee Jackson raised the “possible unintended racial bias” that would result from restrict what is to become the Zell Miller Scholarship to those students with a 3.7 grade point average and a 1200 SAT score.
A spokesman for the governor said Deal was in favor of the alteration.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider