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Snyder OKs bills clarifying cap on scholarship programs

New Michigan laws will keep intact a cap on a college scholarship program in high-poverty areas but clarify the rules in case some communities' programs are dissolved.

The bills signed Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder allow "promise zones" in up to 10 communities - a continuation of the current limit.

Eight zones have qualified for state funding after raising enough private money.

Jackson was certified but has not qualified for matching funds, and is taking steps to dissolve its zone.

The laws allow zones to be dissolved and clarify that a dissolved zone does not count toward the 10-community cap.

The laws also create additional reporting requirements.

The eight existing zones are in Baldwin, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Hazel Park, Lansing, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Pontiac and Saginaw.

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