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Wis. committee votes to end Covenant program

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget committee has voted to go along with Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to end the Wisconsin Covenant program.

The program started by Walker's predecessor Gov. Jim Doyle promises financial aid for college to middle school students who promise to stay out of trouble and get good grades.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to end new enrollments on Sept. 30, but grants would continue through the 2019 school year.

Currently, annual grants are awarded to students based on financial need from $250 to $1,500 in their first year. The first class of about 5,200 students in the Covenant program enter college in the fall.

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