AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today:
“The Texas Senate has now passed the strongest pushback on woke policies in higher education nationwide. For far too long, academia has been poisoned by woke policies and faculty seeking to indoctrinate our students. Professors did not believe we would push back on their advances, but they were wrong. Students should be taught how to think critically, not what to think.
“The Texas Senate has now drawn a line in the sand and stated loud and clear that these woke policies will not be tolerated in Texas. I look forward to the swift passage of these bills through the Texas House.”
- Senate Bill 15, Protecting Women’s College Sports, by Sen. Mayes Middleton, R-Galveston, prohibits men from participating in women’s college sports in Texas.
- Senate Bill 16, Banning Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Texas Universities, by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Tyler, bans the teaching of CRT at Texas universities.
- Senate Bill 17, Banning Discriminatory “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI) Policies in Higher Education, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, bans the establishment or maintenance of DEI offices and hiring practices at Texas universities.
- Senate Bill 18, Eliminating Tenure at General Academic Institutions, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, prohibits general academic institutions of higher education from granting an employee tenure or any kind of permanent employment status.