It looks like that’s what Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth is saying
to El Paso Times Reporter Darren Meritz in a Jan. 23 report on the “Princeton
Could it be, that Texas politicians would prefer affirmative action over the
ten percent plan?…
[Quote:] One problem that state Sen. Jeff Wentworth sees in the Top 10
Percent Plan is a lack of consideration of which of three high-school curricula — minimum, recommended
for college, or advanced — a student completes upon graduation.
Wentworth also said
that the 10 percent plan might not be necessary because it was created to help increase minority
enrollment at Texas universities before the Supreme Court ruled this year that race can be considered a
factor in university admissions.
“There are a lot of problems with the Top 10 Percent
rule, and it needs to be repealed,” said Wentworth, R-San Antonio. The rule “has energized and
infuriated both students and parents alike.” [end quote El Paso Times Jan.
Wentworth says the ten percent plan is no longer needed, now that affirmative
action has been restored, and the legislature will repeal the 10 percent plan if it gets a chance in
But does that mean the state will also ask its universities to practice
affirmative action in admissions?
This is interesting news, since the ten percent plan
is sometimes viewed as a politically more popular measure than affirmative action. Stay
[For more on the Princeton Study, see News Archives and links, BTW the El Paso
Time headline, “Top 10% plan has improved diversity at top Texas colleges” should be taken with