Miami-Dade School Board Fights Changes to Bright Futures Scholarships

Friday, April 19, 2013

With efforts to halt an increase in Florida Bright Futures scholarship requirements all but dead in Tallahassee, opponents who fear the changes will disproportionately harm minority students are changing tact.

That includes the Miami-Dade school district, where the impact would be greatest. The School Board took up the issue Wednesday.

Starting next year, Florida students will need to post higher scores on the SAT and ACT to qualify for the lottery-funded scholarships. The change, part of a strategy to reduce costs by reducing the number of scholarships, is likely to cause the number of college freshmen receiving Bright Futures awards to drop dramatically. Universities say poor and minority students would be affected disproportionately.

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