See Thru Edu is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Governor Abbott’s Higher-Education Agenda

The dedication of funding for attracting top researchers is a good idea that seems compatible with the ETF mission, and I would allocate even more than the 50% the Governor proposes, possibly all of it.

University of Chicago Stands Up for Academic Freedom

Let’s hope that this resolution . . . will serve as an example for other institutions. As for accountability for those institutions whose leaders don’t adhere to these principles . . . how about denying federal and state funding to those who restrict freedom of speech through “speech codes” and other obstructions to free exchange?

Selective Outrage at Duke

Too late to spin this, it is but another unforced error for Duke in an attempt so prevalent on many elite campuses to demonstrate their “tolerance.” Tucker Carlson had the best response when he noted that this has nothing to do with tolerance, it is simply a “political editorial.”

Good Riddance to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification

The SBEC was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 as a stand-alone agency responsible for the certification of educators. . . . But as an innovative platform for reform of certification and deregulation and accountability of preparation programs, it was dominated by the vested interests of the teacher lobby and the colleges of education. . . .

A Huge Challenge and Dilemma for Higher Ed in Texas

Based on research conducted by the Coordinating Board and Houston Endowment on the fall 2000 cohort of Texas eighth graders, only 19% of them earned any sort of postsecondary credential within six years of expected high school graduation, and for the economically disadvantaged segment of this cohort the result was 9%.

Kudos to Department of Ed for Recent Innovations

This accountability enhancement is long overdue and, of course, has already received criticism from some of the usual suspects among teacher organizations, one of which characterized the linking of federal grants with program evaluations as “troubling.” But linking performance to accreditation and funding is the only way to get their attention, and Duncan is to be applauded for leading in this direction.

What Makes an Effective Teacher?

Kate Walsh of the National Council on Teacher Quality . . . says, “We have very low expectations; we’ve made teaching the easiest job to get into in terms of preparation, and yet it’s one of the hardest jobs there is.”