- Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday vetoed the higher education oversight bill, SB 15, which would have placed limits on university regents' power with requirements that included receiving a chancellor's recommendation before firing a university president.
- The veto created heat on both sides of the aisle, with state Sen. Kel Seliger calling it a blow to Texas' public universities and legislators accusing the University of Texas System Board of Regents of harassing UT-Austin president Bill Powers and micromanaging the school.
- Other education-related bills vetoed by Perry on Friday included a $10 million measure for training armed school teachers, a restriction on the sale of some sugary drinks to children in public schools, and a bill that would issue a state curriculum standards study and limit how many benchmark exams a district could administer locally.
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... “Limiting oversight authority of a board of regents,” Perry said, “is a step in the wrong direction. History has taught us that the lack of board oversight in both the corporate and university settings diminishes accountability and provides fertile ground for organizational malfeasance.” ...