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Texas FreedomWorks Launches Campaign for Higher Education Reform
Regents at University of Texas and Texas A&M consider measures that would inject transparency and competition
By Jackie Bodnar on April 22, 2011
Austin, TX – The Texas chapter of FreedomWorks has launched a grassroots effort to support reforms in higher education that the Board of Regents at the University of Texas and Texas A&M are considering that would incorporate transparency in university spending in addition to results-based evaluations of both teachers and students to ensure success.
Specifically, FreedomWorks has designed www.TXHigherEdReform.com to serve as an online petition targeting the Regents of these schools in order to help demonstrate broad support for these common sense reforms. A robust earned media campaign is also helping draw attention to the debate that pits Texas students, parents, and taxpayers against so-called “Edu-crats” at these universities; a ruling elite class of academics who are more interested in perpetuating their own cushy situations than improving education.
Already FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey has authored an opinion-editorial that recently ran in the Houston Chronicle, entitled, “Texas Needs Higher Education Reform.” A statewide grassroots letter-to-the-editor program and other activities are also in the works.
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented, “Free-market education reform must remain a foremost priority for conservative, limited government advocates. Texas has a great opportunity to help lead the nation in higher education reform, paving the way for other states to follow suit. Just as FreedomWorks is backing traditional ‘school choice’ reforms for primary and secondary education in various states around the country, the debate in Texas is extremely important to the broader movement.”