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Lt. Governor at odds with HOPE proposal

October 16, 2003

Albany-- Lt. Governor Mark Taylor says he disagrees fiercely with the Governor's proposal to use SAT scores in awarding HOPE scholarships.

Taylor says that budget problems are not enough reason to change the qualification requirements of the HOPE scholarships. Taylor said rural students would be hurt if minimum SAT scores become a requirement for the college scholarships.

"If you tied it to a one thousand SAT score, 80 percent of the kids who went to two and four year colleges last year would not have qualified. That is rural Georgia. Kids who go to small school systems that don't have the resources of the big Atlanta schools," said Taylor.

Taylor said state leaders knew in 1992 when the HOPE program was started, that college participation would grow.

In its first year, 12 percent of Georgia college students qualified for HOPE scholarships. By 2002, it had grown to over 30 percent.

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