The Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana school system voted on Friday to make it easier for universities to fire faculty members, even those with tenure, says The Chronicle of Higher Education's Audrey Williams June. The officials say the new rules will help the university system be more flexible when it comes to budgets, but professors say the rules will negate the point of tenure — job security — and make the universities unattractive to job seekers, June reports.

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