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Scholarships threatened


Lottery revenue is flat or falling, while school enrollment is up. These two trends mean the state legislature will give serious consideration this year to changing the rules for a popular college-scholarship program that other states are rushing to copy.

Bright Futures, adopted in 1997, gives grants to students if they meet minimum requirements, like a 970 SAT score. But so many students meet the test that the cost has jumped from $75 million the first year to a projected $115 million this year. Legislators are considering an economic means test, reducing the size of the grant, or raising the SAT bar to 1,000 or 1,030.

"I think we've got to move `the standards` a hair or two," Sen. Jim Horne (R-Orange Park) told the Wall Street Journal. "But we'll look at it long and hard."