Lawmakers approve new board for two-year colleges

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A new state board will oversee Alabama’s two-year college system.

Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to legislation to remove the community college system from the oversight of the state Board of Education and give it to a new board appointed by the governor.

Legislators voted to go along with a change proposed by Gov. Robert Bentley. A state senator requested the amendment stating that all board appointments had to be confirmed by the Alabama Senate.

Legislators said a board made up of industry and business leaders would help focus the colleges’ mission of worker training and workforce development.

State board of education members opposed the move and called it a power grab.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press. 

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