Legislators in several states are considering using funding cuts to protest what they see as controversial activities at public colleges and universities. South Carolina legislators want to withhold funds for two state colleges that asked freshman students to read books discussing homosexuality, and Michigan lawmakers proposed a $500,000 budget reduction for one university over pro-union workshops. "Our fundamental principle would be that academics should be the ones to determine the curriculum," said John Curtis, of the American Association of University Professors.

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