Guiding South Carolina State to recovery

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By voting to establish an advisory committee to oversee South Carolina State University, the state Senate is acknowledging what everyone knows: The school is in serious financial trouble and has been for years.

But the vote also sends a message that legislators want the state's only public historically black college to succeed.

That's important because some exasperated taxpayers have given up on the Orangeburg school and are suggesting a variety of drastic changes: Make it part of the University of South Carolina; make it the state's remedial college where students get up to academic speed so they can attend other state colleges; close it altogether.

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