YCT Opposes Beck and Tucker UT Board of Regents Nominations

Feb 26, 2015 No Comments ›› YCT State Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 26, 2015

Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director
Mobile: (281) 460-8545
Email: JennaAWhite@gmail.com

Austin, TX — Today, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) urged the Texas Senate Nominations Committee to deny the confirmation of Sara Martinez Tucker and David Beck to the University of Texas Board of Regents.

“Governor Abbott said some great things in his State of the State about improving education,” said YCT State Chairman Jeff Morris. “Unfortunately, some of his first nominees to the UT Board of Regents have records of standing up for the status quo instead of superior outcomes and reform.”

Sara Martinez Tucker was intimately involved in promoting the common-core curriculum in Texas. As chair of the National Math and Science Initiative, she has promoted the material by freely distributing the curriculum on an open-source basis.  By doing so, schools in Texas have been able to skirt legislation passed in the 83rd legislature that bars schools from purchasing common-core curriculum.

Additionally, her irresponsible actions as Under-Secretary of Education in forgiving a student loan company cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Her work on the Commission for the Future of Higher Education sought to bring No Child Left Behind principles to Higher Education.

“The conservative grassroots have been clear from day one – common core does not belong in Texas,” continued Morris. “As Attorney General, Abbott fought to defend that principle; As Governor, he needs to follow through.”

YCT also expressed concern with nominee David Beck.  Beck is a founding member of the “Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education,” an organization which has vocally lambasted Regent Wallace Hall for uncovering unscrupulous admissions practices at the University of Texas.

Beck was also named and implicated in the recent Attorney General’s report (prior to Paxton) on the “forgivable loan” program at UT, which concluded that the lack of oversight of the program designed by Beck “produced predictable control problems and a lack of transparency owed to the public.”

“YCT wholeheartedly supports the work that Wallace Hall did to uncover the corruption under UT President Bill Powers,” continued Morris. “Nominating Beck and Tucker would only continue to stack the board with status quo liberals that are more concerned with the school’s reputation than the integrity and outcomes of the university. This will undoubtedly result in increased tuition and fees for students wishing to simply graduate and improve their quality of life.”

Both Tucker and Beck are scheduled to appear before the Senate Nominations Committee this morning for a formal hearing.

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 20 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit 

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YCT Lauds Lawmakers for Promoting Free-Market Priorities

Feb 19, 2015 No Comments ›› YCT State Board

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February 19, 2015

Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director
Mobile: (281) 460-8545
Email: JennaAWhite@gmail.com

Austin, TX — Young Conservatives of Texas applauds members of the Texas Legislature today for filing a bill aimed at opening the door to direct-to-consumer vehicle sales in Texas.  The legislation, SB639/HB1653 was filed by Senator Kelly Hancock, Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson, Representative Jodie Laubenberg, Representative Tan Parker, and Representative Ron Simmons.

“The free market can only succeed if unhampered by government interference,” said YCT State Chairman Jeff Morris.  “When you have arbitrary rules governing the way companies can sell their products, you are inevitably tampering with market forces.  SB639/HB1653 will expand the choice of consumers in our state and hope that legislators who believe in limited government and free markets will sign onto this legislation.”

Earlier this month, a Baselice & Associates poll surveying 1,201 adults in Texas showed that an overwhelming number of Texans support allowing vehicle manufacturers to sell their products directly to consumers.

“This legislation will move Texas in the right direction and help keep our economy strong by attracting businesses to Texas.   We applaud those lawmakers who seek to align Texas’ regulatory policy with strong free-market principles,” said YCT Board member Brandon Waltens.

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 20 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit 

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