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Tue Sep 4, 2012, 09:29 AM

Hope Scholarship petition - please sign and pass it on

Just received this email from Better Georgia. In it is a link to a petition to call out our right wing governor for his role in decimating the Hope Scholarship (while at the same time giving huge tax breaks to big business). Please consider signing the petition and passing it on.


Can you believe Gov. Deal has once again refused to save
Georgia's HOPE Scholarship?

We all know the HOPE Scholarship is in crisis. In just two years, the
HOPE Scholarship will pay less than 50 percent of tuition. We know
families are struggling to keep up with the growing costs of college.
And we know Gov. Deal has repeatedly promised to do nothing.

That's why on Saturday, with nearly 100,000 people -- including
Gov. Deal -- gathered in Athens for the Georgia Bulldog's home
opener, Better Georgia was determined to start a conversation.

And we did.

Better Georgia hired a plane to fly the message, "GOV DEAL BROKE
HOPE. TXT FIXIT to 30644" over UGA's Sanford Stadium
before the game. Those who responded were directed to a petition that
now has more than 8,300 signatures.

WATCH: Atlanta's 11Alive covered the story, and you can watch
the video here:


From the stadium, Gov. Deal's spokesperson called us names and
claimed the governor had done the best he could do.

Here's Gov. Deal's response to Better Georgia:

"This is paid for by a leftist organization that believes there's no
end to other people's money. The Legislature saved HOPE from
bankruptcy. The state uses the money available to aid students who
worked the hardest and earned it."

While Gov. Deal continues to make excuses and play politics by
dividing the HOPE Scholarship into a "left vs. right" argument, most
voters simply want to save the HOPE Scholarship. In three statewide
surveys in nine months, Better Georgia has heard voters say they want
to save the scholarship and even support a single solution.

Compare Gov. Deal's response to the students who want him to get
to work to save the HOPE Scholarship.

Here's just some of what students have said:

* "I lost about 20 percent of what I was getting my first
year of college. I'm working two jobs now to keep up, but
it's tough." (Tom 'Doc' Bell)
* "I thought I was getting a full ride for my whole college
career, and suddenly the rug is pulled out from underneath me,
and I just don't know what to do." (UGA student
interviewed by 11Alive)
* "Thankfully, I don't have younger brothers, but for
all the people I know who are younger than me, I feel bad.
Parents are going to have to put more and more to this to make
sure they get the education they need. (UGA student interviewed
by 11Alive)
* "I am a sophomore in high school right now, and in a few
years I plan to go to an in-state school. I am really relying on
the HOPE to be able to help me." (Joseph Walker, Decatur)
* "Not sure why one of the first things our government tries
to cut back is in the education department. It is
disgusting." (Cassandra Dunigan, Gainesville)
* "Please stop gambling with the lottery money. Our
kids' future depends on it." (Fran Latner,

Without the HOPE Scholarship, many students won't make it to college.
And Georgia's economy will be worse for that loss.

There's no question that we have the Governor's attention.
But now we need your help to tell Gov. Deal it's past time for
him to roll up his sleeves and work to save the HOPE Scholarship.

Our goal is to gather at least 10,000 signatures on this online
petition and deliver those signatures, along with your comments to
Gov. Deal. By signing the petition, and asking others to do the same,
you're joining us in saying that hard-working students in every
Georgia county are our priority, even if Gov. Deal thinks otherwise.

Take a moment and join us. Sign the petition:


And then share the petition with your friends via email, on Facebook
and on Twitter. Time is of the essence. By acting today, you can help
save HOPE for future generations.

Bryan Long
Executive Director
Better Georgia

P.S. This only works if you do your part. Please sign the petition
today to invest in Georgia students. Once you've signed, take a moment
to share with your friends by forwarding this email or sharing via
Facebook and Twitter.

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Reply Hope Scholarship petition - please sign and pass it on (Original post)
groundloop Sep 2012 OP
wilt the stilt Sep 2012 #1
historylovr Sep 2012 #2
groundloop Sep 2012 #3
Shitty Mitty Sep 2012 #4

Response to groundloop (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 09:59 AM

1. My kids are at UGA


and most people don't know this about UGA but you pay a set fee for tuition. There are only 2 schools(UGA and GT) in the state that does that. The other thing is the cost of fees at UGA. Basically double that of every other school. The hope does help but it is still very expensive to go to UGA.
One of my biggest beefs about UGA and most of the "highly touted public schools" is that you are being taught by Graduate students.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 01:13 PM

2. Signed.

My oldest was able to use the HOPE Grant for her technical college studies when we lived there.

If only they would find a way to tax the businesses they lure to the state they wouldn't have to cut HOPE.

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Response to historylovr (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 08:21 PM

3. My son's going to Georgia Tech now

and my daughter's 3 years away. Right now Hope is falling somewhere around $15,000 to $16,000 per yer short of covering costs, and it's going to keep getting worse. I just knew they'd screw up Hope by the time my kids got to college, and right on schedule.....
It's horrible how much debt my kids are going to have when they finish school.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 10:23 PM

4. signed


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