Bill to reduce Tennessee lotto scholarship retention GPA advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- House Democrats are sticking with a proposal for an across-the-board reduction in the cumulative grade point average needed to maintain a lottery scholarship.

The measure is part of sweeping legislation that unanimously passed the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

Under current rules, students 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 scholarship.

House Democrats want to keep the GPA at 2.75, but Senate Republicans and Gov. Phil Bredesen have proposed more frugal approaches, mainly because of lower-than-expected lottery revenue projections.

One such proposal included in an omnibus companion bill that passed the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday would give students an extra year to raise their GPA back up to a 3.0.

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


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