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09/26/03 - Nacogdoches

Ten Percent Law Challenged

A lawmaker proposes repealing the law that guarantees the top ten percent of the state's high school grads a spot in the state university of their choice.

Ugochi Onyejiaka graduated in the top ten percent of her high school class. She could have chosen any school, but came to Stephen F. Austin State University because it offered small classes.

The ten percent law worked in the favor of the student government secretary. Nevertheless, she doesn't think it's all that fair. Onyejiaka explained, "Schools vary in size and we can't say you can only have this many people in your graduating class, so it's fair for everybody. So I think it should be just based off your overall GPA in your school, the SAT, because that's why we're taking the test."

State Senator Jeff Wentworth says the ten percent law is no longer necessary after this summer's Supreme Court ruling that allows the use of race as a factor in college admissions.

SFA President Dr. Tito Guerrero disagrees with the interpretation. "I don't think anyone is really making decisions about the admissions of school purely on the basis of race. What the decision enables schools to do, like the University of Texas at Austin or Texas A & M is to take the whole individual into account in trying to decide how to have as diverse a class as possible."

Guerrero says the ten percent law has no affect on SFA. He says the school will always welcome top graduates.

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