Supreme Court to revisit affirmative action in Texas case
AUSTIN, Texas (MCT) — After a U.S. appeals court struck down race-based college admissions in Texas 16 years ago, the first Mexican American woman elected to the state Legislature proposed a simple change that transformed education in the state.
Rep. Irma Rangel said all students who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class should win admission to the state’s colleges, including the highly regarded University of Texas. Her bill, signed into law by Gov. George W. Bush, opened the door to higher education for Mexican American students from the Rio Grande Valley, for black students from Dallas and Houston and for rural white students.
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