Legislation encouraging Georgia high school students to take rigorous courses has completed its smooth course through the General Assembly.
The state House of Representatives gave final passage Tuesday night to a bill that would give students enrolled in the so-called STEM courses (science, technology, engineering or math) extra credit toward qualifying for a HOPE scholarship. Knowledge of the STEM fields is critical to many of the career fields in the highest demand in Georgia’s workforce.
The legislation, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones, R-Milton, would add a half point to the grade of any student receiving a B, C or D in a STEM course.
The bill was so popular with lawmakers it didn’t draw a single “no” vote as it made its way through the House and state Senate.
It now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.