Ala. Senate votes to create board to oversee 2-year colleges

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has voted to create a new governing board to oversee the state’s two-year college system.

Senators approved the bill Thursday on a 27-5 vote. The bill now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.

The bill would take oversight of the community college system away from the elected state school board and put it in the hands of a new board appointed by the governor.

Republican Sen. Trip Pittman of Montrose said the two-year college system would be better served by a board focused on the needs of the two-year college system.

Opposed lawmakers said the two-year college system should be controlled by an elected board.

State school board members also oppose the proposed change.