Legislators Meet in Savannah on HOPE

Some of Georgia's most powerful legislative leaders were in Savannah this week, meeting with board members, administrators and others associated with Georgia's technical colleges. Speaker of the house Terry Coleman of Eastman says he heard many concerns about the state's most popular scholarship for college students who keep making good grades.

"You know, there's concern out there on the long range that HOPE is...whether or not HOPE will be fiscally sound, and we think it will," he said. "We're working on that, hopefully. There's some concern that technical and adult students might be shorted."

Speaker Coleman and others added that, despite a tight state budget next year, there appears to be solid legislative support for finding ways to keep HOPE fully funded.

Reported by: Sonny Dixon, sonnyd@wtoc.com