Could Patrick’s term ban devastate the Texas university system? |


University leaders fear the end of term will make it harder to attract talent.

On Friday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he would seek to abolish faculty tenure at public universities in Texas, the latest in an ongoing GOP attack on public education.

“What we will propose to do is end tenure, all terms for all new recruits,” said Patrick, whose proposal would eliminate tenure for new recruits and force those who have it to undergo a review every year rather than every six. “The law will change to say that teaching critical race theory is At first glance evidence of good cause for revocation of tenure.

Speaking on Capitol Hill, Patrick was responding to a recent non-binding resolution by the University of Texas at Austin faculty council violating state law banning the teaching of “critical race theory,” that Gov. Greg Abbott signed in June.

Nearly two years into a global pandemic, teachers are caught in the middle of fights over masking, school closures, remote learning and other issues. Patrick’s latest threat to college tenure is another dose of salt in the wound. Educators at all levels are now threatened with dismissal and public shaming for speaking candidly to their students about racism.

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