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Local control. That’s what House Republicans preached repeatedly last night as they passed legislation allowing individual community colleges to refuse to make low-interest federal loans available to students who need them.

It’s a slap in the face to thousands of laid off workers headed back to community colleges.  All in the name of local control.

Right after denying the loans, the same Republican majority voted to take away the rights of local governments to ask voters to authorize an increase in the local real estate transfer tax to raise money for schools. 

They are not really for local control at all. They are for rigid ideological control of what happens in Raleigh and in local governments. This is a crusade, not an agenda.

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