Gov. Nathan Deal’s office used Twitter to signal his support of a bill crafted by Rep. Stacey Evans and Rep. Craig Gordon that will make it easier for high school graduates to afford technical post-graduate school.
When Gov. Deal broke the HOPE Scholarship in 2011, he also broke the HOPE Grant for the state’s tech students by requiring a 3.0 grade point average.
More than 42,000 students fell out of Georgia’s technical colleges last year. More than 8,900 students fell out because of the new GPA requirement.
House Bill 54 would lower the cumulative GPA to 2.0, creating an opportunity for more hard-working students to learn a trade and land higher-paying jobs.
This is good policy for Georgia and deserves Gov. Deal’s support and the support of every lawmaker.