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House signals readiness to fight Senate over bills to ban tenure, diversity efforts at Texas universities

Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, pledged to defend his legislation dialing back Senate bills that would eliminate tenure and ban diversity, equity and inclusion offices. But faculty and students say even the House versions will hurt higher education.

UT Austin grad student Lee Kravchenko participates in a chant during a sit-in for the protection of academic freedom and DEI at the Capitol on Mar. 23, 2023.

The tenure fight

“A chilling effect”

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