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.

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