Will this be the year the General Assembly ends discrimination against graduates of private (and Catholic) high schools? Next week the Missouri House Committee on Higher Education will consider HB 1383, a bill that would expand the A+ scholarship program to graduates of private high schools, including Catholic high schools. The bill is sponsored by Representative Keith English (I-St. Louis).
In contrast to most scholarship programs, A+ scholarships are currently only available to graduates of public high schools. The program has been in operation for a number of years. Its general purpose is to provide financial assistance to high school graduates wishing to attend post-secondary vocational or technical schools.
In order to qualify for an A+ scholarships a student must meet several criteria: have graduated with a an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; have at least a 95% attendance record; have performed at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring; and have maintained a record of good citizenship and avoidance of unlawful use of drugs and alcohol.
An MCC alert has been sent to all network members who have a legislator serving on the Higher Education Committee. Please pray that this committee will vote HB 1383 “Do Pass.”