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Proposal to fire SC State trustees advances with objection

COLUMBIA (AP) — A proposal to fire all trustees of financially troubled South Carolina State University has been sent to the full Senate, but it’s no longer on the fast-track to approval.

The Senate Education Committee voted 10-1 for the measure Wednesday. Sen. Gerald Malloy of Hartsville says he’s not sure the proposal is the right solution to the university’s financial problems. The Democrat especially wants alumni to be more involved.

Malloy wanted to postpone a vote. But Democratic Sen. Darrell Jackson of Columbia said each day of delay means more students will transfer and prospective students will go elsewhere.

Jackson said the job of the temporary replacement board is to make tough decisions without interference that will save the university, not to make friends with alumni.

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