Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2005
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON OFFERS SUPPORT TO ELIMINATE 10 PERCENT RULE

AUSTIN -- Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, has signed on as a co-author to Senate Bill 320 to more fairly extend college opportunities to Texas students by eliminating the so-called "10 percent" rule.

"The 10 percent rule unfairly punishes exceptional students who happen to attend exceptional schools. We want college admission based on academics -- not quotas," Senator Nelson said.

Current law mandates that Texas colleges and universities must grant admission to any student who ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her respective high school, regardless of SAT scores, grade point average, or school size. As result, colleges have had to turn away some students who attend highly competitive high schools.

"We want all Texas students to have the opportunity to attend college, but there are schools in our community with a large number of students who have solid credentials but cannot get into a Texas school because of the 10-percent rule. That is profoundly unfair, and the system needs to change," Senator Nelson said.

SENATOR JANE NELSON, R-LEWISVILLE, represents District 12, which includes parts of Tarrant and Denton counties. She is a former public school teacher and served two terms on the State Board of Education.

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