Committee Holds Hearing on Expanding A+ Scholarship Program

The House Committee on Higher Education held a public hearing this week on HB 1383, which expands the A+ scholarship program to graduates of private high schools. Currently, the program is limited to graduates of public high schools. HB 1383 is sponsored by Representative Keith English(I-Florissant).

The MCC testified in support of the bill, noting that A+ is designed to encourage students to enter post-secondary technical education programs. The MCC said the participation of graduates of private high schools would allow more students to receive this kind of education and training and that this, in turn, would result in a better trained workforce benefiting all Missourians.

Opponents expressed concern that adding private school graduates would make it difficult to adequately fund the A+ program. The committee took no action on the bill.

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