Education

Academic freedom under fire at Kansas: Will the AAUP be consistent?

Writing at National Review's The Corner, David French wonders "Will the AAUP and other national academic organizations defend academic freedom at Kansas with the same zeal they defended it at UVA and Wisconsin?" For more on this issue, see KU records request seen as political attack and Art Hall: My decision to fight for academic freedom. Academic Freedom Under Fire at Kansas: Will the AAUP Be Consistent? By David French When it comes to threatening core liberty interests, activists can be nothing if not industrious -- sometimes using even well-intentioned laws as sledgehammers against disfavored views and disfavored speakers. Witness…
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Art Hall: My decision to fight for academic freedom

Art Hall: My decision to fight for academic freedom

My decision to fight for academic freedom By Art Hall For more than 25 years, I have dedicated myself to teaching economics and generating original economic research focused on public policy issues. Like all scholars nationwide, I have operated under the bedrock principle of academic freedom. Academic freedom is the unfettered ability to research and teach, and a natural extension of rights protected under the First Amendment -- without the fear of interference or persecution. Since 2004, I have had the esteemed privilege of directing the Center for Applied Economics at the KU School of Business. (I also teach economics…
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KU records request seen as political attack

KU records request seen as political attack

A request for correspondence belonging to a Kansas University faculty member is a blatant attempt to squelch academic freedom and free speech. When conservative groups seek records of correspondence of liberal university professors, the American Association of University Professors defends its withholding based on academic freedom. That is, until the subject of a records request is a Kansas University professor who believes in free markets and receives funding from the Left's favorite target, Charles and David Koch. Then, the local chapter of AAUP flips its position. It will even contribute money against the ideal of academic freedom. In 2011 Republicans…
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Wichita has school choice, they say

Writing in the Sunday Wichita Eagle, USD 259 (Wichita public school district) superintendent John Allison told Wichitans something they probably didn't know: Parents of Wichita schoolchildren benefit from the district's school choice program: First, investment in the Wichita public schools allows for remarkable parental choice. Much has been discussed recently about the choice we must give families in order to meet the needs of their children. In Wichita, we are proud that for more than 20 years, families have been offered choice through our district’s magnet school program. Nearly 30 percent of our schools have a unique magnet focus, enabling…
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