TACT Executive Director Senate Update

It was university resources day at Senate Higher Ed today. Tuition (de-deregulation), waivers, set-asides, financial aid – and how they fit into the 60X30TX expectations – didn’t uncover much, except that tuition and the cost of running universities have risen more than four times the rate of middle class income.

When Honoring the Slain, We Must Heed the Warnings of the Living

With the highly contested implementation of Concealed Campus Carry on August 1st looming over the upcoming fall semester, let us not forget those officers who have stood with TACT and all others opposed to SB11.

TACT, Its Members and Texas Faculty Influence UT-Austin Regents to Grant Professors Freedom to Ban Guns in Offices

With the UT-Austin Board of Regents granting faculty freedom to ban guns in their offices, TACT would like to thank our TACT Board of Directors, members and Texas faculty. After compiling a “white-paper” based on input from Texas faculty, TACT was able to distribute your suggestions to Regents across Texas as to what areas guns should be banned on campus; including faculty offices.

This is just the first step in a long journey, but today TACT can assure you your voices were heard and will continue to be raised.

UT Professors File Lawsuit Citing 1st, 2nd & 14th Amendments

Last Wednesday the Texas Tribune reported three University of Texas at Austin Professors: Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter filed a suit requesting a federal judge grant an injunction which would stop campus concealed carry from taking effect August 1st, 2016 at Texas public universities. (Community Colleges do not have to implement SB11 until August, 2017 and no private Texas universities have “opted-in”).

Hazlewood Limits Not Enough

Last Thursday a Texas federal appeals court ruled Texas universities are allowed to distribute Hazlewood funds based on whether or not a veteran enlisted into service while residing in Texas. Many may see this as a victory for Texas public university budgets, but unfortunately the biggest budget-drainer of the program is still active. Legacy, as it stands, if a veteran does not opt to apply their “tuition funds” to their own college education, they can choose to pass these funds to their children.

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