‘Everyone needs a second chance:’ Bills proposing 2 new TOPS awards clear Louisiana Senate

The Senate on Monday passed two bills that would create new TOPS awards, giving students a second chance to receive the popular scholarships. The bills are consistent with recommendations by the TOPS Task Force.

Sen. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, proposed an award for students who did not qualify for TOPS upon completion of high school but scored at least 17 on ACT. There are currently 82 students who would qualify.

Bishop estimated that his bill would cost about $445,000. His bill passed the Senate on a 20-15 vote…


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