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Grade school, college students to protest HOPE cuts

11:55 AM, Mar 7, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Students of all ages are protesting HOPE Scholarship cuts outside the State Capitol on Monday.

College students marched from Georgia State University to the Gold Dome for a noon rally. Afterwards, students hoped to lobby state senators. Gov. Deal's HOPE scholarship bill was overwhelmingly approved by the House last week.

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A separate group of elementary, middle and high school students will demonstrate at the capitol later this afternoon. 

Dejah Ault, a junior at Arabian Mountain, has scheduled a press conference with her peers at 4:30 p.m. and candlelight vigil that will run until midnight.

"We students are beginning to feel defeated. Don't defund our future," she said in a statement. "I have so much to give, but not without HOPE. Invest in me. I'm worth it."

Deal's HOPE Scholarship bill could hit the Senate floor as early as Tuesday.

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