The Georgia Lottery Corporation anticipates a $30 to 40 million dollar revenue drop from last year, but its affect on education won’t be known for another two weeks. Last year's lottery yielded lower revenues as well, but provided additional funds than the year prior.
A change in Georgia's HOPE scholarship is sending some students to an unexpected summer semester of school. Facing budget cuts, state lawmakers made the scholarship cover 90-percent of tuition, instead of the full amount. And it won't pay fees. But the changes start in the fall.
Today is crossover day at the state Capitol. That’s when bills must pass either chamber or won’t have a chance to become law until next year. Most of the big issues have already made it across. Changing HOPE's college scholarship and pre-kindergarten funding, immigration reform and the 2012 budget are three major challenges lawmakers came to the Gold Dome to address,
Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law. The new Republican governor made fixing the landmark scholarship a centerpiece of his legislative agenda this session. The program had been set to go broke as lottery proceeds failed to keep pace with rising tuition and soaring college enrollment.
The budget plan for Georgia's next fiscal year is ready for a House vote. Meanwhile, the bill to revamp and save the state's HOPE scholarship program has cleared both chambers of the Geneal Assembly, and is ready for Governor Nathan Deal's signature.
Hot debate in the state Senate yielded passage of the bill to revamp the HOPE program. Other bills getting the green light in Wednesday's General Assembly session - legislation for clear-cutting of trees around billboards, and
Gov. Nathan Deal is revamping plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program back to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers. Deal announced Monday that the program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days. He also will expand class sizes by two students each.