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Alabama House approves two-year college system board

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ The Alabama House of Representatives has passed a bill that would create a new governing board for Alabama’s two-year college system.

The House passed the bill on Thursday morning by a vote of 82-11.

Legislation would remove the community college system from the oversight of the state Board of Education.

Republican House sponsor Steve McMillan says it will help the system further improve workforce development for Alabama residents.

The state school board has fought against the bill and some lawmakers have said the two-year college system should be controlled by an elected board.

McMillan says only a few states in the U.S. don’t already have boards like the one designed by the bill in the Alabama Legislature.

The bill now goes back to the Alabama Senate.