The North Carolina state budget approved Friday prevents the governor from appointing members to the board that governs the state’s community colleges, The News & Observer reported. The move gives the Republican-led General Assembly more power over the 58-college system.
The budget also allows state legislators to appoint the majority of the members on local trustee boards for the state’s community colleges and give final approval for future presidents of the system.
North Carolina governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, signaled he will allow the budget to become law without his signature.
The State Board of Community Colleges has 22 members, 10 of whom are appointed by the governor and eight of whom are appointed by the General Assembly under current state law. There are four ex officio members, three state elected officials and the president of the state Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association. The new budget gives the General Assembly the power to appoint all 18 voting members.
The General Assembly will also select eight of the at least 12 appointees on local community college boards, The News & Observer reported. The governor and the local school boards each make four appointments under the current law.