Some Tennessee Legislators say no to lower lottery scholarship GPA requirement

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by chris on Apr 4, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    It is not doing the young people a favor to encourage them to go to college and not have them prepared beforehand. They are not ready and several factors are the reason. Get the schools back to the basics. Then the kids could really qualify for higer education. Enough dumbing down our children. They deserve better than that. These kids are bright,intelligent, and can succeed if only they receive the good education they deserve.
  • by Ed Location: nashville on Apr 3, 2008 at 09:43 PM
    It is so sad that these few people control the fate of so many students that can't afford to stay in school without the lottery money. I'm sure most of them have no idea how hard it is to bring up your G.P.A. from a 2.75 to a 3.0 after 3yrs. of college. Shame on you for wanting the money for other things besides the education of our youth our future .
  • by Linda Location: Memphis on Apr 3, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    It would be great if all of the legislators who attended college would make a copy of their transcript availabe so that the voters could see if they maintained a 3.00 GPA. Maybe they would not be so hard on students who are trying to do their best.
  • by West Knox Mom Location: Knox on Apr 2, 2008 at 03:55 PM
    How sad, here we have legislatures many of whom did not carry a 3.0 average in college deciding that average students do not count, that we need to help educate only the REALLY smart students, not the average student.

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