State legislators in Wisconsin have voted down a controversial proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to eliminate an agency that oversees for-profit colleges, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
The proposal to eliminate the state’s Educational Approval Board was part of Mr. Walker’s budget, which also drew controversy for proposing steep cuts in the University of Wisconsin system in exchange for giving the system more independence.
The Wisconsin Legislature rejected the governor’s autonomy proposal this month, raising the possibility that the system would still be hit with budget cuts while seeing none of the benefits of that proposal. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance rejected the measure concerning the for-profit oversight board on Thursday evening, without discussing the provision.
Governor Walker, a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, argued that killing the for-profit oversight board would relieve the colleges of undue regulatory burdens. Critics of the measure said such a move would rob students of important consumer protections.