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Plan seeks changes for 15 Mass. community colleges

April 11, 2012
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BOSTON—A legislative committee is calling for changes in the way the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts are governed.

The House Ways and Means Committee included the plan as part of its proposed $32.3 billion state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The plan calls for the governor to appoint the chairs of the boards of trustees for each of the community colleges. It would also give the state Board of Higher Education more say in how college presidents are selected, compensated and evaluated.

But the House panel stopped short of endorsing Gov. Deval Patrick's call for centralizing management of the schools and consolidating them into a single line item in the state budget.

The House spending plan would also provide workforce development grants to community colleges, using future licensing fees from casino gambling.

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