A Wise proposal
State Sen. Stephen Wise is working on a far-reaching plan to offer full college scholarships to every sixth grader in Florida who graduates from high school. It would be funded in part from Florida Lottery and gambling proceeds, and through voluntary donations from utility customers, according to details he offered yesterday in a brief presentation to the state Board of Education.
"We'd give kids hope," said Wise, a Jacksonville Republican who chairs the Senate Education Appropriations Committee.
Under the proposal, sixth graders would benefit from a Florida pre-paid college tuition plan if they stay on the straight and narrow and graduate. Wise said he's already shared his plan with the governor's office. He asked board members to study it and get back to him with recommendations.
Judging by the board's glowing response, and Wise's influence in the Legislature, we'll be hearing a lot more about this one in the future.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter