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Lawmakers nix Walker plan to eliminate higher ed board

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Lawmakers on the Legislature's budget-writing committee have killed Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate a small state agency that approves and regulates for-profit colleges.

The Joint Finance Committee nixed the idea without debate on Thursday.

David Dies, director of the Educational Approval Board, told the Wisconsin State Journal on Friday that it's better for the state and people who attend the for-profit colleges to keep the board operational.

Walker had proposed doing away with the board in his budget released in February. He argued that it would lift unnecessary financial and regulatory burdens on the schools and that some of its consumer protection functions could be handled by other state agencies.

But opponents argued it plays an important role in overseeing the schools.

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