Higher Education Reauthorization Must Treat All Schools & Students Equally

June 6, 2019
Washington, DC

Conservatives urge congressional Republicans to oppose progressive extremism on structural reform and free speech as they prepare to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). Federal statutes on higher education must treat all schools and students equally.

In addition to egregiously expensive and unworkable policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, progressives within Congress like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are also proposing free public-school tuition at the community college and university level.

However, “free” is never really free, and this cost would merely be transferred to taxpayers. Moreover, their proposals, while sounding laudable, are costly administrative burdens that target for-profit colleges, while making them less competitive with public institutions.

The HEA reauthorization should also prioritize freedom of speech on campus. In the last two years, there have been nearly 50 attempts to disinvite speakers from college campuses. More than 120 colleges and universities have speech codes that clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech. Intellectual freedom and the search for truth are paramount on college campuses, and the HEA should contain measures aimed at making sure all speech is treated equally.

This is especially true as an aggressive socialism is finding root in college campuses who receive millions in taxpayer subsidies every year. According to Gallup, close to 51 percent of Americans aged 18-29 have a positive view of socialism, an ideology that has resulted in death and destruction around the globe. They are egged on by ideologues posing as professors, who, in many cases, have been the source of many of the supposedly student-led protests against campus speakers.

With college campuses becoming increasingly intolerant to ideas and debate, it is more important than ever that federal policy allow diversity of views to flourish. As the HEA moves forward, we urge congressional Republicans to stand firm on principles of equal treatment and fairness for all students, and all schools.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
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Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
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Club for Growth
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Chief Domestic Advisor
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White House Advisor
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United States Senate (2005-2013)
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Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
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Judicial Watch, Inc.
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council
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CNP Action, Inc.
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Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
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Family Research Council
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Concerned Women for America
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Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)
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Liberty Consulting, Inc.
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Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Department of Education
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NSIC Institute
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Cornerstone Payment Systems
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Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
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American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
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The Conservative Caucus
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Amapola Hansberger
Legal Immigrants for America
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Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
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The Constitutional Coalition
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Beaman Automotive Group
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Lindsey Communications
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First Liberty Institute
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Young America’s Foundation
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America Fighting Back PAC
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Council for National Policy
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American Encore
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American Civil Rights Union
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CEO and President
Washington Marketing Group
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Hilarides Dairy/Sierra Cattle/Hilarides Transportation
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Center for Military Readiness
The Honorable Belden Bell
Co-Chair Legacy Society
The Heritage Foundation
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Melvin Adams
Past President
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director
President Ronald Reagan
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Universal Minerals Group
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Florida State House
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E.W. Jackson Sr.
STAND Foundation, Inc.
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Director of Governmental Affairs
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Oakland Hills Community Church
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Tea Party Express
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Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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Media Research Center
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American Values
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Conservative Victory Fund
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Revival Outside the Walls
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American Target Advertising
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President and CEO
American Target Advertising
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Conservative Activist and Donor
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Hawaiian Values
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Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
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The Martin Organization, Inc.
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The Martin Foundation
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Campaign for the American Future
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Former National Chaplain
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Former Dean
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Vote America First
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State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
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National Chairman
The Flag & General Officers’ Network
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Women Impacting America
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National Association of Scholars
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Program Director
The Windrose Project, Inc.
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Conservative Activist
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