TOPS expansion shot down in La. House committee

Sen. Bodi White, left, and Sen. Barrow Peacock, conferred earlier this year during Senate debate on TOPS bills. (Photo: Ashley Wolf, LSU Manship School News Service)

Devon Sanders

Two bills to expand TOPS eligibility that had been approved by the Senate failed Wednesday in the House Appropriations Committee.

The first bill, authored by Sen. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, would have created the TOPS Second Chance Award for students who did not reach the ACT requirement to obtain a scholarship in high school. If they then maintained a 3.2 grade point average in their first two years in college, the award would have funded their final two years.

The bill failed 11-7. All votes against the bill came from Republicans.

The second bill, by Sen. Bodi White, R-Baton Rouge, introduced TOPS-Tech 2Plus2 Award. It would have applied to students who obtained a TOPS Tech Award, which provides tuition for a two-year associate degree program, and who wanted to continue their education at a four-year university.

Read the full story in The Daily Advertiser.

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