Top 10 percent admission rule drives competition at Austin schools

Texas’ top 10 percent automatic college admission rule has worked for and against one Austin-area family. The law—approved 20 years ago this May to increase diversity in Texas’ public universities—has benefited Jettin Murphy, but so far it is working against her brother, Maverick, a junior at Round Rock ISD’s Westwood High School and a member of the golf team. Their mother, Shelby, said her family moved to Northwest Austin for Westwood’s academic prestige.

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