Sunday, May 31, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Trump Ties Federal Funds for Colleges to Free-Speech Pledge
By Selected News Articles @ 6:19 PM :: 2492 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

Trump Ties Federal Funds for Colleges to Free-Speech Pledge

by Tim Ryan, Court House News, March 21, 2019

WASHINGTON (CN) – Taking aim at the angry student mobs that tend these days to derail controversial campus speakers, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that demands colleges commit to protecting free speech if they want federal funding.

“Taxpayer dollars should not subsidize anti-First Amendment institutions,” Trump said at the White House Thursday afternoon. “And that’s exactly what they are, anti-First Amendment. Universities that want taxpayer dollars should promote free speech, not silence free speech.”

A senior administration official discussed the promised executive order in broad terms this morning, giving little insight to the requirements it will make.

There are 12 federal agencies that award education research grants, and the executive order will leave it to them to decide what schools must do to be in compliance.  

Public universities are already bound by the First Amendment, and the senior administration official said the order would require private schools to follow their own institutional rules as a condition of getting federal dollars.

“Schools are already supposed to be following these rules and essentially each agency already conditions grants – and schools are already certifying that they’re following these conditions and it will just add free speech as one of those conditions,” the official said Thursday.

Trump announced he would be signing an order related to free speech on college campuses earlier this month in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The issue of speech on campus has gained particular interest from conservatives as student protests against controversial speakers, particularly those with conservative viewpoints, have been marked by violence.

In his CPAC speech earlier this month, Trump specifically cited an incident in which a recruiter for Turning Point USA was punched in the face at the University of California, Berkeley.

Speaking from the White House Thursday, Trump said the order is particularly aimed at preventing universities and professors from silencing conservative students who wish to challenge “far-left” ideologies on campus.

“Under the guise of speech codes and safe spaces and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans like those here today,” Trump said.

The president was joined on the stage by several students with conservative groups who faced restrictive speech policies on campus. One student with a pro-life group at Miami University in Ohio recounted having been advised to issue a “trigger warning” when she set up wooden crosses on campus representing “the lives of the unborn.”

In addition to the requirements related to grant money, Trump is also expected to demand that the Education Department publish more information about specific degree programs, including costs and student loan obligations for graduates. The agency already publishes information showing the median salary after attending a school, the typical student debt and monthly payment obligations for graduates.

The senior administration official said Thursday implementation details will be finalized in the coming weeks and months.

For the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, such an order should be “uncontroversial,” so long as it sticks to requiring that colleges meet “existing legal obligations.”

“FIRE will watch closely to see if today’s action furthers the meaningful, lasting policy changes that FIRE has secured over two decades – or results in unintended consequences that threaten free expression and academic freedom,” the group said in a statement. “We note that the order does not specify how or by what standard federal agencies will ensure compliance, the order’s most consequential component.”


Reason: Trump: 'Universities Have Tried to Impose Total Conformity. That Changes Starting Right Now.' 

AP: Trump orders American colleges to back free speech or lose funding

FIRE: FIRE statement on campus free speech executive order


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940


ACA Signups Hawaii



Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii



Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube


Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes


Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii


National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii