Conservatives set their sights on permanent jobs for university professors

MISSION, Kansas (AP) — When Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked colleges in Texas to drop critical race theory, faculty at the University of Texas approved a resolution defending their freedom to decide how to teach racial topics.

For his part, Patrick, a Republican, said it was time to think about holding educators accountable by targeting one of the main perks of their job.

“Maybe we need to look at tenure,” Patrick said at a press conference in November.

This sentiment is shared by conservative officials in red states across the country. Indefinite tenure-related academic appointments—the holy grail of university employment—have been scrutinized by legislators or state oversight boards in at least half a dozen states, often presented as attempts to rein in liberal academics.

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