TOPS

September 06, 2017 - 3:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The nearly $300 million price tag for Louisiana's much-beloved free college tuition program is sparking continued disagreement over whether the state can continue to afford paying for thousands to attend college each year. TOPS is credited with improving high school...
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August 03, 2017 - 8:10 am
Membership has been announced for a task force that will examine the $350 million TOPS scholarship program for the first time since it was established 20 years ago. Jennings Senator Blade Morrish will chair the committee. He says the panel consists of an array of lawmakers representing both parties...
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June 08, 2017 - 7:56 am
(WWL.com) Budget negotiations continue at the Capitol, but the House and Senate say they plan to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program next fiscal year. Higher Ed Commissioner Joe Rallo says education leaders are still holding their breath until the session ends this evening. He says funding TOPS...
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June 01, 2017 - 9:22 am
(WWL.com) A bill to raise the minimum GPA requirement to receive the TOPS scholarship will be heard in the Senate education committee today. Under current rules, students have to earn a minimum of 2.5 GPA on their high school core curriculum to qualify. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil's...
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David Blake
May 26, 2017 - 1:41 pm
As we get ever closer to the end of this legislative session in Baton Rouge, there are many questions about the future of the TOPS scholarship program. High Education Commissioner Joe Rallo tells WWL First News that the current House budget has TOPS fully funded, and we should know next week what...
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May 25, 2017 - 9:19 am
(WWL.com) The Senate Education Committee will discuss today whether a task force should be formed to study how to ensure the TOPS scholarship program longterm liability. Senate Education Chairman Blade Morrish says the taxpayer funded program has not been examined since it was created over 20 years...
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May 23, 2017 - 6:30 am
(WWL.com) Lawmakers in the Louisiana House of Representatives are expected to take up a proposal today that would raise the minimum GPA requirement for TOPS. The measure by Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil increases the requirement from a 2.5 to a 2.75 for the Taylor Opportunity Program for...
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May 19, 2017 - 12:10 pm
WWL.com Reporting Senate President John Alario says the upper chamber is committed to fully funding the TOPS scholarship program. Alario says the House budget plan takes money away from the Department of Health to fully fund TOPS and they are taking a close look at that proposal. “Two vital areas...
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May 10, 2017 - 4:16 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- An effort to shield Louisiana's highest-performing and poorest students from cuts to the TOPS college tuition program stalled Wednesday in favor of a proposal that would raise the academic standards for getting an award. Rep. Gary Carter, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed to...
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May 01, 2017 - 2:55 pm
(WWL.com) -- The House Appropriations Committee has voted to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program for the next fiscal year. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil amended the state’s spending plan to take $82 million from the Department of Health’s budget so TOPS students would have their...
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