(Courtesy of My SA)
Gov. Rick Perry’s run for the presidency is bringing national media attention to Texas, and higher education is getting a bit of the limelight.
During recent Republican debates, Perry got pummeled by his competitors for supporting a law that allows some illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition at Texas public universities and community colleges. In 2010, 16,500 undocumented students attended public institutions at in-state rates.
Perry has stood by the law, which he signed in 2001, saying it is better to educate young immigrants than have them on the dole. His challengers disagree.
“It’s an argument I just can’t follow,” Mitt Romney said.
Perry’s views on science have also piqued the interest of Paul Basken at the Chronicle of Higher Education, who asked scientists to speculate on whether Perry, a skeptic of evolution and climate change, would support funding for scientific research as president.
The answer? Perry may have his own opinions, but he allows scientists in Texas to pursue their own agenda. Perry believes Austin could be the next Silicon Valley and has set aside millions in state funds to support cancer research and other emerging technologies.