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

Protecting free speech on campus part of a university’s mission

A recent Vox article doubts there is a problem with free speech on campus because there are “well over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States” (4,360 according to the U.S. Department of Education), and there have been “only a handful of disinvitations.” With a “relatively few incidents of speech being squelched on college […]

Changes are here for K-12, college savings plans

College students will be heading back to campus in a few weeks, and a nontrivial consideration for students and parents will be how to pay for tuition in the fall. But recent changes to federal tax law may affect how millions of families consider K-12 and postsecondary options in the future. In 2017, Washington lawmakers […]

The Trump Administration Moves Away from Racial Preferences

By George Leef A large part of President Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington consists of revoking previous regulations that advanced leftist ideas about the economy and education. During the Obama years, the Departments of Education and Justice prodded colleges and universities to use race-conscious admission policies in order to achieve more diversity. […]

With Anthony Kennedy’s Exit, What Will Be The Fate of Race-Based College Admissions?

By William Murchison An appalling sign of an appalling tendency to let the U. S. Supreme Court settle All Important Questions is the speculation over whether Justice Anthony J. Kennedy’s eventual successor will disrupt the high court’s jurisprudence on affirmative action–chiefly, affirmative action for college admission. Why are we having this discussion to begin with? […]

Students Get ‘Too Little’ Civics Teaching, Principals Say

(From edweek.org): By Alyson Klein More than half of principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders say schools don’t focus enough on civics, according to a nationally representative survey by the Education Week Research Center.   CONTINUE READING HERE

Educating the Educators: States Take The Lead On Restoring Free Speech On Campus

(From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay If some public universities have lost sight of the fact that freedom of speech is essential to both education and American democracy, the American people are fortunate that a growing number of state legislatures have not. Several weeks ago, Louisiana Governor John Edwards signed SB 364, a bill crafted to restore […]

A day of reckoning for the left on free speech on campus

The free-speech-on-campus wars of the 21st century are causing those on both sides of the political divide to do some soul-searching about the meaning of free expression. As this blog has thoroughly covered, there is movement afoot to protect faculty and students on the right and left of ideological debates through state legislation. Yet recent […]