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Chancellor pulls Tenn. community colleges from privatization plan

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Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s 13 community colleges and 27 tech schools have been removed from Gov. Bill Haslam's plan for the privatization of the management and operation of nearly all state-owned buildings.

In a letter obtained Monday by the Knoxville News Sentinel and The Commercial Appeal, outgoing Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan says an internal audit shows all of the campuses are already spending less than the industry standard to maintain their facilities.

Morgan is also asking that the governor's team running the outsourcing initiative work directly with the six universities to determine if it's in their best interests to participate.

Haslam has said colleges would be free to opt in or out of the outsourcing plan, which hasn’t been finalized.