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Education board OKs pass-through resolution

By M.J. Ellington
mjellington@decaturdaily.com (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — A resolution prohibiting pass-through appropriations in the two-year college system received approval from the state Board of Education on Thursday.

Two-year Chancellor Bradley Byrne said the pass-through regulation should help make clearer where money in the system goes.

"It also stops the ability of people outside the system to direct where the money goes," Byrne said.

In April, Gov. Bob Riley called for the board to end pass-through practices that often result in funding transfers from one college program to another. He called for an end to the practice, particularly between the colleges and projects favored by members of the Legislature.

Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, sponsored legislation that Riley wanted in the 2007 regular session. Hammon's bill would prohibit public funds from passing through one entity to another at the direction of a member of the Legislature. The bill did not get out of committee in the House. When Riley proposed a pass-through policy for the Board of Education, he said he hoped to do in policy what he knew he could not get passed in the Legislature.

In addition, a federal investigation into financial dealings of the college system also uncovered instances where money allocated for one purpose ended up elsewhere based on decisions of people working in the system.

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