Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on July 09, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas

Lawmakers’ campaign to reshape public higher education in Texas advanced on Thursday, with the state Senate voting to approve a ban on tenure for new faculty hires.

Under Senate Bill 18, public colleges “may not grant an employee of the institution tenure or any type of permanent employment status.”

The legislation would apply only to faculty members hired by Texas colleges after January 1, 2024. Professors who have tenure, have applied for tenure, or are on the tenure track would not be affected

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