Gov. Abbott advances efforts to combat antisemitism in Texas

(The Center Square) – Ahead of the start of Passover on Monday and as antisemitic incidents continue to occur on college campuses and in public schools, Gov. Greg Abbott is taking additional action.

Abbott issued an executive order requiring all higher education institutions in Texas to comply with a list of requirements to ensure Jewish students are safe on campus. The requirements include reviewing free speech policies, establishing appropriate punishments for antisemitic rhetoric on campuses, ensuring policies addressing the sharp rise of antisemitic acts are enforced, and including the definition of antisemitism in free speech policies. The chair of the board of regents for each Texas public university system is required to report to the governor’s office examples of compliance within 90 days.

Abbott’s efforts continue as Rice University in Houston was ranked among the worst colleges in Texas for antisemitism and as a federal Title VI complaint
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