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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 9:26am

Senate Democrats: HOPE Fix Rushed

Senate Democrats say the Republican plan to fix the HOPE scholarship and Pre-K program is being rushed.

They want more time for the public to weigh in on the issue.

They're concerned making Pre-K a half day will affect parents' schedules and the program's quality.

Democratic Senator Jason Carter says he also worries how current HOPE scholars will afford tuition if the scholarship is reduced.

He questioned how the changes would result in $133 million dollars in savings, as estimated by Governor Nathan Deal.

"Numbers with regard to Deal's scholarship plan don't add up. There's a 90-milllon dollar hole and we need to understand how that gets filled."

Senate Democrats did not have their own proposal to fix the problem.

House Democratic leadership says they generally support Deal's plan.

The HOPE program faces a 200 million dollar deficit.