Tenure--now making big waves in Texas--exists to protect instructors from being fired without good cause, and also protects academic freedom.

Experts are wary of potential end to tenure in Texas


Tenure exists to protect instructors from being fired without good cause, and it also protects academic freedom

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is making it a priority to get rid of tenure at public higher education institutions in Texas. It’s part of his plan to ban teaching of critical race theory, according to Houston Public Media.

Last year, Texas passed Senate Bill 3, which banned the teaching of critical race theory in grades K-12, and as Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media’s politics and government reporter notes, critics of the bill say that critical race theory is mostly taught in law schools and isn’t necessarily even being taught in K-12 schools in the state.

Teaching critical race theory would be grounds for dissolution of an instructor’s tenure, according to Jewél Jackson, a higher education reporter at El Paso Matters, in a story on The 74, a nonprofit education news site.

Tenure exists to protect higher-ed instructors from being fired without good cause. It also protects academic freedom, the American Association of University Professors notes in an outline explaining what tenure does.

Laura Ascione