Legislative

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.

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”).

University Performance Based Funding Back for 2017

Republican Senate Higher Education Committee Chairman Kel Seliger and Democratic Committee Member Kirk Watson agreed this morning that university performance based funding legislation will be re-introduced during the 85th Texas Legislature, particularly to promote the new 60X30TX Higher Ed goals document. They appeared at a Texas Tribune Event.

Community colleges already operate within a performance based model.

Texas Legislature Feeling the Squeeze

The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations yesterday heard from the Texas Comptroller, Legislative Budget Board and the Speaker of the House regarding their perspectives on the near-term future of state finances.

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