Restore HOPE provides that the eligible income would be adjusted every year based on lottery revenues to maximize the number of students who receive HOPE. Families who do not qualify would be eligible for a low-interest loan to cover tuition, and most would receive a federal $2,500 tax credit. The low-interest loan would be forgiven if a student agrees to teach science or math in public schools after graduating.
Restore HOPE also expands the proposed Zell Miller Scholarship. Every student who finishes in the top 3 percent of his or her high school class would receive full tuition, as well as payments for books and fees.
Our plan would restore funding for full-day pre-k through a percentage increase in lottery revenues paid into the education account. This change would bring Georgia in line with similarly sized state lotteries.
The choice is clear: We can preserve HOPE for the greatest number of students possible or we can break HOPE’s promise.
Sen. Jason Carter is a Democrat, representing DeKalb County.