Texas’ Top 10 College Entry Rule Can Be Foiled by Reality

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Let’s pause for a moment to consider the legislative wizardry of the late Irma Rangel.

The Kingsville Democrat shared much of the credit for the brainstorm that created the state’s top 10 percent rule for colleges in 1997. That law says high school graduates in that top tier get automatic admission into state colleges and universities.

Even some of the people who hate that rule think it’s clever. And whether you like the results or not, the logic of it is difficult to escape.

The state had been told, in a 1996 decision called Hopwood v. Texas, that it couldn’t use race as a primary factor in admitting students to state universities.

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