Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson Gives Her "Little Dog" Report From The State Capitol

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Welcome's the 80th Legislative Session

Hi everyone, I would like to welcome you all back to the Little Dog Report. I am glad to be back online this session and I promise plenty of reporting in the coming months. I will be making weekly posts regarding the many important happenings during the Texas Legislature's 80th Regular Session. I am fighting hard this session to improve the lives of all Texans; from our youngest children to our wisest generation. I'd like to thank you all for your interest and remind you to please come back soon for updates.

Top 10 % Rule under attack!

The "Top 10% Rule" has been in effect for the past 10 years. It allows students from Texas high schools who graduate in the T0p 10 % of their graduating class automatic admission to public universities in Texas. This rule has enabled minority students, students from rural and smaller school districts across the state to attend the University of Texas and Texas A&M in greater numbers than in previous years.

But this legislative session, the Top 10 % Rule has come under attack. HB 212 by Beverly Woolley would eliminate the "Top 10% Rule." It also does not provide any alternative for students who may benefit from this rule. So, minority students and students from smaller and rural school districts would be left out in the cold. In addition to Rep. Woolley's bill there are several other bills that limit or cap the number of students admitted to public universities under the Top 10% Rule.