Pauken's Jab at "Elitist" Higher Ed System Questioned

Tom Pauken, in his long-shot bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, is the only statewide candidate who has made higher education a central issue in his campaign thus far. But his approach to the issue is drawing criticism from within the higher education community.

In a recent web ad, Pauken, a former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, criticized the state’s “elitist educational system pushing everybody to go to a four-year university." It’s an argument that staffers at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board have heard before, but Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes insists that it is “absolutely not ...

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