“The world is safe again now that the Legislature has adjourned.“-Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry
Governor Henry signed Senate Bill 820 into law on Tuesday.
From CNHI News Service, Lawmakers Wrap Up Work June 05, 2007
* Senate Bill 820, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan, D-Stillwater, and Rep. Tad Jones, R-Claremore, passed the Legislature. The bill sets up a permanent funding source for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program, which provides college scholarships. The scholarship is based on how much families earn, grades, good behavior and rigor of high school courses. Home school children scoring a 22 or better on the ACT will also be allowed to apply for the scholarship.
From Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise in OK, Gov. Henry signs dozens of bills into law on Tuesday
Henry praised the Legislature’s passage of a bill to provide a permanent funding source for the , also known as Oklahoma’s Promise. Under Senate Bill 820, the will estimate how much funding is needed for the program, and then that amount will be subtracted from how much money is certified for the Legislature to spend.
“Producing more college graduates is the key to success in Oklahoma’s second century, and Oklahoma’s Promise does that by targeting those students who are most deserving and most in need,” Henry said. “There is no better investment of state funds than the future of our children.”
The bill also expands eligibility to home-schooled students and requires participants to maintain a 2.0 grade-point average in college during their sophomore year and a 2.5 grade-point average in their junior and senior years.
On the other end of the age range hitting the low single digits, Governor Henry stated in the CNHI article that:
….there were a lot of issues he would have liked to see addressed, such as the Opportunity Fund, a pilot program for 3 year olds…..
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