Last week, the Georgia House passed HB 326, a HOPE reform measure. Our obligation as both legislators and as leaders of our caucus is to balance policy and politics. Gov. Nathan Deal had sufficient majorities to achieve his objectives. However, by supporting the legislation, we were able to insert several key changes that will protect working families and at-risk students.
Technical college students requiring remedial classes will now be able to take them, and those at proprietary schools can continue to receive the Tuition Equalization Grant. Moreover, all students who may face reductions can now access a 1 percent loan program funded at $20 million. These concessions were received in exchange for supporting HB 326.