Senate to disapprove of college books in budget - - Columbia, South Carolina

Senate to disapprove of college books in budget


Senators crafting the state's budget have found a way out of a controversy that divided both chambers of the General Assembly.

The debate was the result of two books, each dealing with themes of homosexuality and each on the reading lists for the University of South Carolina Upstate and the College of Charleston.

Lawmakers originally wanted to dock $70,000 worth of funding from both schools as a sign of their disapproval. Now the fight to restore that funding and fight what some call "censorship" has divided the senate among party lines.

Instead, the Senate voted Tuesday to require the CofC to spend $52,000 and USC Upstate to spend $17,000 on teaching the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers.

A proposal by a Republican senator to have the state screen all required reading textbooks in universities was also mentioned but didn't go far. Both schools receive less than 10 percent of their budget from the state.

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