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Wed February 4, 2009
House Says No to Tying Hathaway to Test Scores
Cheyenne – , Wyo. (AP) - A legislative committee has withdrawn a bill that would require students to do well on the state's standardized test as a condition for receiving the Hathaway college scholarship.
The scholarship covers a large portion of tuition for in-state students at the University of Wyoming and the state's community colleges. The bill would have tied the scholarship to performance on the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, a standardized
test that covers reading, writing and math.
The bill's supporters included Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, who says Hathaway is a scholarship program, not an entitlement program. But, opponents of the bill say PAWS wasn't intended to be a high-stakes test.
Coe is chairman of the Senate Education Committee and he decided to pull the bill from consideration after Tuesday's committee discussion.