Texas university leaders warn of dire consequences if Senate budget is implemented
By Matthew Watkins, The Texas Tribune
The president of Texas Woman's University said hundreds of classes would have to be cut if the current version of the Senate' proposed budget is implemented.
The dean of Texas A&M University's Health Science Center said her school would be forced to reduce enrollment and might see its accreditation threatened.
And many university presidents warned that they would have to lay off faculty.
Schools on front lines in nationwide movement to protect undocumented students
By Sabrina Holcomb, Education Votes
As Inauguration Day approaches—along with rising fears that President-elect Trump will keep his campaign promise to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving close to a million DREAMers and millions more undocumented students vulnerable to deportation—school districts across the country are rushing to declare school campuses “safe zones.”
Concerns intensified after last week’s Senate confirmation hearing when Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for Attorney General, would not commit to protecting DACA students or promise not to use the information collected when they signed up for the program against them.
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Colleges Are Accused of Using Civics Instruction to Promote Liberal Activism
By Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Colleges can expect to see their civics-education offerings come under fire from conservatives as a result of a report issued on Tuesday by the National Association of Scholars, an advocacy group.
The NAS, which takes a traditionalist view of higher education, argues in its report that a “New Civics” movement in higher education has supplanted objective teaching about the United States’ system of government with efforts to encourage students to engage in liberal or leftist political activism.
Free Market for Education? Economists Generally Don’t Buy It
By Susan Dynarski, TheUpshot
The odds are good that privatizing education will be part of the agenda for President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration. The Republican platform calls for increasing the role of banks in giving out student loans. And Mr. Trump and the platform advocate an expansion of both vouchers, which enable students to attend the private school of their choice with government funds, and charter schools.
In addition, Betsy DeVos, Mr. Trump’s nominee for education secretary, has supported legislation that would establish vouchers in Michigan, as well as the rapid expansion of the state’s charter school sector.
Texas State U. Police Investigate Threatening Pro-Trump Fliers
By Shannon Najmabadi
The Texas State University police are investigating controversial fliers posted on the San Marcos campus by self-identified vigilantes and alleged supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
The fliers call for the arrest and torture of “deviant university leaders” who talk about “Diversity Garbage” in the wake of Mr. Trump’s election this week as president. They also suggest forming “tar & feather vigilante squads.”
Muslim Students Are Reportedly Attacked on Campuses in Wake of Election
By Nadia Dreid
A Muslim woman at San Jose State University was knocked to the ground on Tuesday after someone approached her from behind and attempted to yank off her hijab with enough force to choke her and make her lose her balance, according to the NBC affiliate KNTV.
Since then, reports have emerged of at least three other Muslim students being assaulted on or near colleges campuses on Wednesday, following the news that Donald J. Trump had won the U.S. presidential election.