Lawmakers seek to restore university watchdog and database

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A move is afoot in the Capitol to bring back a higher education watchdog and restore a data trove of 1.7 billion records on public colleges and universities that were placed in limbo by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Outgoing Assembly Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles, wants to restore the functions of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. His bill, AB 1348, would create a new independent entity with a new name and a redesigned governing board.

Brown eliminated the commission in 2011 to save $2 million.

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