NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An amendment to lower the cumulative grade point average needed to maintain a lottery scholarship failed along party lines in the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee.
Goodlettsville Democrat Joe Haynes proposed the measure to a comprehensive bill sponsored by Republican chairwoman Jamie Woodson of Knoxville.
Students currently must be enrolled full time in college, have a GPA of at least 2.75 after their freshman year and a cumulative 3.0 GPA for subsequent years to keep the merit-based scholarship.
Haynes proposed permanently lowering the retention GPA to 2.75, as opposed to one that would lower the GPA through a student's junior year, and then bump it back up to 3.0 for the senior year.
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