Trump Signs Executive Order To Promote Free Speech On College Campuses
President moves to prevent censorship of young conservative voices
Presdient Donald Trump has signed an executive order to promote free speech on college campuses in the wake of conservatives censorship.
Colleges will face losing their federal research funding if they fail to protect the rights to free speech for all students.
"We’re here to take historic action to defend American students and American values," Trump said, surrounded by conservative student activists.
"They’ve been under siege," he added.
According to a senior administration official, the president's order will require colleges that receive grant money to certify they “promote free inquiry.”
“The president strongly supports cultivating free speech and open inquiry in higher education,” the official said.
“American institutions of higher education should promote open, intellectually engaging debate which is critical to creating the next generation of leaders.”
The order will be enforced like other education grant requirements.
The order requires the Education Department to publish data for a “college scorecard” on debt, student loan default rates, earnings, and loan repayment rates.
The department will submit a report to Trump will recommendations ion the policy ensuring colleges share the financial risk of student loans to make them “more accountable,” the official said.
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, is among those that will attend the event in the East Room of the White House.
“If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like Hayden and many other great young people and old people to speak,” Trump said.
“Free speech. If they don’t, it will be costly. That will be signed soon.”
Last July, a student from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon, won $25,000 in Damages after he filed a lawsuit after being kicked out for wearing a Donald Trump T-shirt.
Addison Barnes, 18, filed a lawsuit in federal court, citing a violation of his 1st Amendment rights, after being suspended for a T-shirt that read: “Border Wall Construction Co. The Wall Just Got 10 Feet Taller.”
Mike McClane, who represented Barnes, said it was a straightforward First Amendment case.
"Political speech, whether popular or not, is protected by the Constitution. High school students have the right to express political views subject to restrictions that must be equally applied to all students. This case reinforced that proposition,"