It’s getting late in the legislative session, but the House Committee on Higher Education has voted “do pass” legislation (HB 2693) to expand the A+ college scholarship program to include graduates of non-public high schools. Sponsored by State Representative Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), the proposal, if passed, would allow non-public high schools to become certified as A+ schools. Once certified, these schools could allow students to compete for A+ scholarships.
At present, only public high schools can be certified as A+ schools. Students can obtain the college scholarship by meeting the program’s criteria, which includes maintaining a grade point average of 2.5, having at least a 95% attendance record, performing at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring and maintaining a record of good citizenship and avoidance of the unlawful use of drugs and alcohol.
The bill must now be reviewed and approved by the Select Committee on Education before it can be considered by the full House of Representatives.