College students protest HOPE cuts outside State Capitol

5:26 PM, Mar 2, 2011   |    comments
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The Georgia State Capitol (AP)

ATLANTA -- About 150 college students marched from Georgia State University to the Gold Dome on Wednesday to protest a bill that would dramatically cut HOPE Scholarship benefits.

Several students tried to get inside the governor's office, but were turned away by Capitol Police.

GET HELP: Live HOPE Help Desk during 11Alive's News special Losing HOPE at 11 pm Wednesday

Outside, the crowd chanted "Kill the bill!" and "Shame on you!" as lawmakers started their day. The demonstration came a day after the Georgia House overwhelmingly approved Gov. Nathan Deal's bill cutting HOPE scholarships for all but the brightest students. The vast majority of students would have to pay thousands more out of pocket for their education.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where Democrats released their own plan Wednesday afternoon to rein in spending on lottery-funded programs, including HOPE and Pre-K.



(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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