Promise Bill Advanced Without Test Score Language

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- The House Education Committee doesn't want the Promise College Scholarship to increase its test score requirement.

The committee advanced a senate-passed bill Tuesday that would limit the annual scholarships to $4,750.

It also kept the provision increasing the program's lottery funding by $2 million.

But it removed language that strongly encouraged Promise to hike its minimum composite act test score from 22 to 23.

Other amendments exempt the high school class of 2009, and add Salem International University to eligible private schools.

The legislation aims to curb the cost of Promise.

The merit-based program expects to spend more than $40 million sending West Virginians to college this year.

It now covers full tuition and fees at public institutions.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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