Governor Nathan Deal has signed the bill which will implement changes to the HOPE scholarship. As a result, the head of Georgia’s NAACP is threatening a boycott of the state lottery. However, at least one prominent church leader says he doesn’t think a boycott is the right approach, since the lottery is the source of funding for HOPE. Since the 90’s, the Georgia lottery has funded the HOPE scholarship for hundreds of thousands of Georgia college students. Georgia NAACP Branch head Edward Dubose says it’s time to get serious in order to effect change.
The law eliminates HOPE scholarship payments for many college related expenses and raises the required GPA for HOPE recipients from 3.0 to 3.7. Dubose said he is conferring with national leaders of the NAACP before announcing a date for the lottery boycott.