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New high school diplomas offer insights into Bright Futures future, senator says

Want to know what the Florida Bright Futures scholarship might morph into moving forward? Look no further than the state's new high school diploma designations.

Senate Education Committee chairman John Legg told the Pasco School Board on Tuesday that the newly approved diploma levels -- scholar and merit -- are well on their way to becoming the standard for Bright Futures awards.

Lawmakers have talked for years about modifying the scholarship program, making it more strenuous to earn, but have not made major changes.

"If you start to look at those designations, they start to correlate very, very closely to Bright Futures scholarships in the future," Legg told the board during his review of the recently ended session. "It is not linked yet, but there are very many legislators who are saying it would make a nice linkage."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 9:38am]


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