Legislation seeking to make it harder to get TOPS fails to become law
Posted on 6/1/2017 1:34:00 PM.
Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil ends his effort to raise the minimum GPA required for high school students to receive the TOPS scholarship. Foil told Senate Education a task force will be formed to examine TOPS and he'll wait to see their findings before pursing his legislation.
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Bill to raise minimum GPA for TOPS to 2.75 hits the Senate side today
Posted on 6/1/2017 3:49:00 AM.
A bill to raise the minimum GPA requirement to receive the TOPS scholarship will be heard in the Senate education committee today. Under current rules, students have to earn a minimum of 2.5 GPA on their high school core curriculum to qualify. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil's bill would raise that to 2.75 for students who start 9th grade in the fall.
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Students with disabilities could be protected from corporal punishment
Posted on 5/26/2017 2:34:00 AM.

Students with disabilities would be protected from corporal punishment in public schools under a proposal heading to the Senate floor. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says his bill would prohibit school employees from spanking students with developmental disabilities.
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Bill to raise GPA requirement for TOPS narrowly passes House
Posted on 5/23/2017 6:39:00 PM.

The bill that would require students starting 9th grade this fall to have at least a 2.75 GPA in order to receive the TOPS scholarship advanced on the House floor. The current requirement is 2.5. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says there is a reason his bill wouldn't take effect for 4 years.
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House committee advances bill to increase TOPS GPA requirement
Posted on 5/10/2017 2:28:00 PM.

The House Education Committee advances a bill to increase the minimum GPA requirement for TOPS from 2.5 to 2.75. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil authored the measure. He says he’s hearing a lot of frustration from voters about the uncertainty of the scholarship program.
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House Appropriations votes to fully fund TOPS
Posted on 5/1/2017 2:10:00 PM.

The House Appropriations Committee has voted to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program for the next fiscal year. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil amended the state’s spending plan to take $82 million from the Department of Health’s budget so TOPS students would have their tuition fully paid for.
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Lawmaker seeks to prohibit corporal punishment for students with disabilities
Posted on 3/29/2017 1:19:00 PM.

As part of Governor John Bel Edwards’ plan to improve K-12 education outcomes, a measure has been filed for the legislative session that would prohibit the use of corporal punishment in public schools for students with disabilities. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says his legislation would prohibit physical punishment for kids with intellectual disabilities.
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BR lawmaker proposes funding TOPS with gambling funds
Posted on 3/28/2017 3:01:00 AM.

A bill filed for the regular session seeks to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program with gambling franchise fees. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says his bill dedicates part of the funds from riverboat gambling to TOPS so the program isn’t underfunded in the future like it was this year.
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Lawmaker files constitutional amendment which would let colleges raise fees
Posted on 3/9/2015 3:49:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil has filed a Constitutional Amendment for the 2015 session which would give colleges control of raising their own fees. Currently the legislature has to approve a hike in education fees at public institutions. Foil says this would be an important step to managing the higher education budget crisis.
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Baton Rouge lawmaker wants stiffer penalties for heroin dealers
Posted on 2/14/2014 3:10:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting
The recent spike in heroin related deaths in Louisiana is going to be one of the major topics in the 2014 legislative session. Baton Rouge Representative Franklin Foil says he believes increasing the mandatory sentences for convicted heroin dealers would at least lessen the skyrocketing number of people who are overdosing.

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