The Texas Tribune reports:
A tweet sent by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has reignited concern among some University of Texas at Austin faculty that the purpose of a new conservative-backed think tank may be a way to restrict teaching about critical race theory.
Now, some faculty are demanding an explanation from university leadership, arguing Patrick’s comments directly contradict what administrators told faculty last fall and raise serious questions about academic freedom and freedom of thought on campus.
“Either the lieutenant governor is just speaking out of school, or he’s reinforcing the very narrative that has provoked individual concerns last fall,” Texas law professor Steve Vladeck told the Tribune.
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I will not stand by and let looney Marxist UT professors poison the minds of young students with Critical Race Theory. We banned it in publicly funded K-12 and we will ban it in publicly funded higher ed. That’s why we created the Liberty Institute at UT. https://t.co/2W7mb3RVuN
— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) February 15, 2022
.@UTAustin faculty want clarity from admin about the proposed Liberty Institute, saying Patrick’s tweet contradicts what university leaders had told them about the new center: https://t.co/sjgZzjPew3 https://t.co/FJKNXkLA29
— Kate McGee (@McGeeReports) February 16, 2022
“We created the liberty institute to make sure only state approved ideas can be discussed” is an exquisite summary of Republican views on free speech. https://t.co/3wQHHLI3DX
— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) February 16, 2022