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Letter Urges Legislature To Restore Funding

The AAUP co-signed a letter with several other associations strongly urging the South Carolina senate to reject funding cuts, approved by the South Carolina House of Representatives These cuts were imposed on the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate because of objections to assigned reading. The proposed cuts of $52,000 and $17,142, respectively, represent the amounts spent on reading programs for incoming students; some members of the legislature object to the programs’ spending because selected books contain lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. Penalizing state educational institutions financially simply because members of the legislature disapprove of specific elements of the educational program is educationally unsound and constitutionally suspect: it threatens academic freedom and the quality of education in the state, and could well expose the state to potential liability on First Amendment grounds.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014