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05.23.07

"Top Ten Percent Bill" goes to Senate

Right now Texas high school seniors in the top ten percent of their class are guaranteed a spot at a state university, but that may soon change.

Newschannel 10's Tina Berasley brings us that story. Meet Josh Kelley. Even though he is first in his class at Groom high school, he's afraid a new plan proposed by texas lawmakers may hurt his future. He said "That would be kind of hard on me because I know I worked hard throughout the year and other people in small schools work hard and deserve to go to these colleges".

A bill being considered by state lawmakers seeks to put a cap on the number of top ten percent graduates allowed in the freshman class of a state university. This may cut back on the number of those students taken from area schools, like Groom High School. An average of 10-15 seniors graduate from Groom each year, and in the past, several have had the state school guarantee.

Superintendent Terry Stevens dislikes the new plan. He said "The whole system that Texas is trying to push on us is to get kids college ready and now they're saying they want to limit the most ready kids, the top ten percent on how many they can admit to the college". Stevens favors the house's suggestion of a 67 percent cap, instead of the stricter 50 percent suggested by the senate, but still believes the system should stay the way it is.

He added "So we're gonna say we're gonna cap how many students? The best in the state of Texas allowed into any institution? To me that seems unfair". A representative for the bill's author tells me the plan aims to make state university's more competitive, and their student bodies more diverse in the future.
   

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