House Again Considering Cap on Automatic Admissions

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For a third straight session, a legislative fight is brewing over proposals to cap the number of students automatically admitted to Texas universities under the state's top ten percent law.

The University of Texas at Austin has campaigned to change the law for years, saying it limits its ability to recruit talented students who aren't at the top of their graduating classes.

But several key senators have blocked any attempt to change the bill and vow to do the same this year.

The House Higher Education Committee met yesterday to discuss several bills that would tweak the law in different ways.

The leading proposal would require universities to accept only 50 percent of their freshman classes under the admissions rule.

The measure is similar to one the House passed and the Senate killed in 2005.