For 3 sessions, we've had contentious debates about reforming the policy that allows automatic admissions to our state universities for students in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. Proponents of the change argue that the policy has tied the hands of admissions officials at the University of Texas at Austin, while my colleagues and I have fought hard to maintain this policy in order to guarantee that underrepresented students have access to our state's best universities.
I'm proud to have been part of a small team who negotiated a compromise that the House adopted on this issue. Our solution will allow the UT Austin some discretion in their admissions process, while ensuring that our state's higher education institutions are serving all Texans. The challenge ahead is to address the real underlying problem. We must create more flagship universities in Texas to provide excellent educational opportunities to all students who excel in their studies and dream of a better future.
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