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Texas and the 10% Plan Texas appears likely to change its law guaranteeing the top 10 percent of graduates of state high schools admission to the public college of their choice — though isn’t clear yet just how extensive the changes might be. The state House of Representatives voted Thursday to rein in the law by allowing any public institution to cap at 50 percent the proportion of its freshmen that it must set aside for students in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. But the Texas Senate rejected any such cap in passing its much gentler modification of the 10-percent law last week, setting up a fight over a compromise in the two remaining weeks of the legislative session, with the outcome uncertain. Texas adopted the class rank law in 1997, in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling, in a case known as Hopwood v. Texas, that restricted colleges from considering race as a factor in admissions. Sponsors of the law hoped that by ensuring college admission to top graduates of the many segregated high schools that are dominated by black and Hispanic students, it would minimize the ban’s impact on minority college enrollments.
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