The power of Texas public university governing boards to dismiss campus presidents and otherwise control institutions of higher learning would be scaled back under a measure that won preliminary approval Monday from the state House.
The bill, which has already cleared the Senate, is a response to allegations by legislative leaders and other critics that University of Texas System regents have crossed the line from governance into micromanagement of the Austin flagship. The Senate and House passed resolutions in January honoring UT President Bill Powers amid reports that some regents were trying to force him out.
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