Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2008
Sen. Kenneth Corn
Corn Will Introduce “Second Century Promise Act” to
Improve Educational Opportunity
Corn on Thursday said one of the state’s greatest impediments
to economic growth is a lack of college graduates. The Poteau Democrat
announced plans to file legislation that would provide qualifying
high school graduates with two years of tuition at Oklahoma colleges
Corn pointed to a recent report from the National Center for Public
Policy and Higher Education that gave Oklahoma a failing grade on
affordability, and said that far too many Oklahoma families are
simply unable to afford college tuition. In addition to the bill,
Corn has filed a legislative referendum, which would place the proposal
on the ballot for approval or rejection by Oklahoma voters.
“If the Legislature doesn’t have the courage to act
on this proposal, then let the people decide,” said Corn,
D-Poteau. “An education is a right, not a privilege. This
proposal would provide hope to those who want our state to be an
attractive destination for business and industry, in addition to
many Oklahoma students who might not otherwise have the opportunity
to achieve their dream of a higher education.”
The Second Century Promise Act would enable many students currently
ineligible for OHLAP to qualify for scholarships that could help
them complete their first two years of college. Qualifying students
would have to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA during their first two
years and perform community service as a commitment to the state.
Corn noted that a similar proposal was approved by the state legislature
in North Carolina, where the program has been a great success.
“We have an opportunity to make a critical investment in
our future, and provide hope to many students,” Corn said.
“It’s going to require forward-thinking proposals to
give our state a chance to compete for good jobs with good wages.
It’s time for the Legislature to take action and make the
necessary investments to build a strong foundation for economic
For more information contact:
Senator Corn's Office: (405) 521-5576