First Alerts

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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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.