Georgia lawmakers take aim at higher education

By: ATLANTA (AP)
By: ATLANTA (AP)

Georgia lawmakers trying to hack $2.2 billion from the state's budget have grown frustrated with the state's higher education system. They say it hasn't born its fair share of the cuts.

Angry legislators have made veiled threats and introduced a handful of proposals aimed at exerting more control. The first passed the House 158-1 today. It could slow an effort by the technical college system to merge its campuses by requiring legislative approval first.

The measure comes on the heels of an attempt to cut funding to professors with expertise in sexuality topics. There's also a separate cost-cutting measure to force the state's historically black colleges to merge with mostly white campuses nearby.

Administrators say the proposals are misguided.


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