Garry Hoffmann of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s office tells me that a legislative joint subcommittee today voted to jettison a grade inflation rule — not yet in effect — that would require both a 2.5 GPA and a 19 ACT score, rather than one or the other, to qualify for a lottery scholarship if a student graduated from a high schools judged to be inflating grades. Inflation is defined as a failure rate of greater than 20 percent on end-of-course exams in algebra and geometry by students earning Bs or better in the courses.

There’d been a great deal of criticism about punishing for ills of the schools they attended. There have also been questions about methodoogy for reaching the evaluations. The subcommittee’s recommendation goes to the legislature’s lottery oversight committee.