Georgia State University would be a winner in terms of work-study funding, according to the American Council on Education, under a proposed rewrite to the federal Higher Education Act that its House Republican sponsors call the PROSPER Act. Photo by Bill Torpy.

Around Georgia: GSU could be a funding winner

Report: Georgia State University could benefit from law rewrite

A rewrite of the Higher Education Act could benefit Georgia State University, reported Wednesday. Under the PROSPER Act — as House Republicans have deemed their bill — elite private colleges in the Northeast that were criticized as having an advantage under the work-study formula could be losing the most, according to an analysis by the American Council on Education. But big winners, according to ACE’s projections, in terms of total new work-study funds under PROSPER’s formula, include Georgia State. The article identifies two other possible big winners: the for-profit Florida Career College and the private American Baptist Theological Seminary. House Republicans say the reason is these campuses are the ones serving the students with the most need.

Epps announces his legislative exodus

State lawmakers are no strangers to the Good Book, often starting their day under the Gold Dome with a Scripture reading from the preacher of the day. Well, at least one lawmaker turned to the Bible this week to explain his decision not to seek re-election. “I tell everyone Scripture says: To everything, there is a season,” state Rep. Bubber Epps of Twiggs County told The Telegraph and “I feel like that is just the time and the proper thing for me to do.” Epps started in the Legislature in 2009.

Rome official: Preserve Community Development Block Grant program

A Rome official is hoping Congress will reject a plan by the Trump administration to eliminate funding for the Community Development Block Grant program. Community Development Director Bekki Fox said Rome receives about $400,000 annually from the program. She said without the money needed sidewalks wouldn’t be built, The Rome News-Tribune reports.