Capitol Views: Committee rejects TOPS restructuring plan

Giving low-income students and high-achievers preference for the TOPS college scholarship program was a reform that reached too far for the House Education Committee, which voted 6-7 today to reject the concept.

House Bill 390 by Rep. Gary Carter, D-New Orleans, had the support of Democrats For Education Reform, and several students testified in favor of the restructuring. It represented yet another attempt to rework a program that will eventually require some changes but is also popular with voters.

Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, urged his colleagues not to abandon the conversation, and he voiced concern that the committee would be the only group of lawmakers allowed to hear the bill. “It would be a shame for us not to continue this debate with the rest of the body,” Leger said…


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