Education: Bushwacked in Texas

The University of Texas regents were going through the motions of a public meeting last month, just one day after Chancellor Charles ("Mickey") LeMaistre had fired Stephen Spurr as president of the Austin campus. Student Body Vice President Bill Parrish rose to ask a question: Why was Spurr dismissed? For long seconds the regents stared down at their papers in total silence. "Isn't anybody going to respond?" asked the student. No one did.

Last week LeMaistre was under pressure from Governor Dolph Brisco to justify Spurr's firing—the latest in a series of power plays...

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