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Gov. Deal announces requirements for HOPE scholarship

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As cuts are made to the HOPE scholarship program, Gov. Nathan Deal still wants top-performing high school students to get free tuition at public colleges.

But he wants to reduce funding for students with a B average.

Deal unveiled a plan today that would require a student to earn at least a 3.7 grade point average and a 1200 SAT to get a full HOPE scholarship.

Recipients would be called Zell Miller scholars in honor of the former governor who created HOPE in 1993.

90 percent of tuition would be covered for students with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Schools worry the plan might keep more low income students out of college.

"Students who have a high B average never get to college and where do we graduate them to? It's important to our system and our superintendent not to graduate kids to the street but to a productive life, and that doesn't always mean college," said R.D Harter, DCSS Public Information Director.

Schools also worry about Deal's plan to reduce the hours of pre-K services.

Right now, Dougherty County's Pre-K can only enroll 200 students.

Open enrollment is underway now.

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