Polarizing top 10 percent rule drives up competition at Austin schools

Texas’ top 10 percent automatic college admission law—approved 20 years ago this May to increase diversity in public state universities—continues to fuel competition at Austin-area high schools, but changes could be on the way for the polarizing policy. “All of the girls at our school were vying [to gain] a tenth of a percentage [in the top 10 percent],” said Josie MacLean, a University of Texas junior who attended Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, an Austin high school of choice where students must apply for enrollment. Josie MacLean was not in the top 10 percent of her 85-student […]

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