By RYAN QUINN
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate passed Tuesday a bill to eliminate state law’s Promise Scholarship eligibility requirement that says public and private students must have at least a 3.0 high school grade point average “in the required core and elective course work necessary to prepare students for success in post-secondary education.”
The bill (Senate Bill 319), which now heads to the House of Delegates after senators unanimously approved it, also would eliminate the law’s current requirement that home-schooled students earn a high school equivalency degree, which can be obtained through the GED and TASC tests, to be eligible for that state college scholarship.
The homeschool requirement elimination would’ve been the sole substantive impact of the bill, but the Senate Finance Committee amended the version of the bill that earlier passed out of the Senate Education Committee.
Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, pushed for the successful change to also eliminate the GPA requirement for public and private school students, saying the change would provide a more equal playing field between homeschoolers and other students.
The bill wouldn’t lower the ACT or SAT score requirement for all students for eligibility.
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