GOP Lawmakers Look to Repeal Texas' 'Top 10% Rule'


Texas lawmakers may end a college admissions diversity rule --- one they say crowds out high achievers.

Students in top-performing high schools can earn stellar grades and high test scores -- but not get accepted at Texas universities because they're not in the top 10 percent of their class.

Senate republicans support repeal of the “top 10 percent” rule.

Right now, it works like this: Graduate in the top 10 percent of your high school class, and you'll be accepted into just about any public university in the state.

The intent of the "10 percent rule" is racial diversity ... but critic point to top-performing students who miss out simply among other high achievers at competitive suburban high schools.

Some in the Texas Legislature want to drop that rule.

Repeal has been tried multiple times in the past, Texas Tribune reporter Matthew Watkins points out to NewRadio 740 KTRH.

This time may make a difference, Watkins says.

The “10 percent rule” repeal measure is in the Senate Higher Education Committee, and the bill's author is Kel Seliger -- the committee chairman.


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