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Texans hope to get top tier universities after amendment passage

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November 12, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas: Among the 11 constitutional amendments that passed in the state of Texas was Proposition 4, an amendment that will now transfer $500 million from a “dormant” existing fund into a new National Research University Fund which will be used to hire faculty members and to turn seven schools into Tier One Universities: University of Texas campuses at Dallas, Arlington, El Paso and San Antonio; Texas Tech University; the University of Houston and the University of North Texas.[1]

According to Bill Hobby, former Lieutenant Governor of the state: "Tonight's passage of Proposition 4 sends this important message: Texans understand that more nationally recognized research universities will help retain Texas-grown talent, recruit top researchers who will generate billions of dollars in economic growth, and create more high-paying, permanent jobs.”

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