New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tougher classes required under Senate s top IO percent bill
By Brandi Grissom
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — Students who want automatic admission to Texas universities would have to take tougher courses under a bill approved Friday by the Senate.
The bill would limit admissions under the top IO percent law to those students who complete the state’s recommended or advanced high school programs. Both are considered college preparatory programs.
The current admissions law guarantees all students who graduate in the top IO percent of their classes admission to the public university of their choice, regardless of the courses they’ve taken.
“We are giving them an incentive to take those difficult courses,” said Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, who sponsored the legislation.
Under the bill, the State Board of Education would be required to adopt a uniform transcript format for schools to transmit information to universities. The Higher Education Coordinating Board would be required to develop a standard method for calculating grade point averages for determining eligibility in the top 10 percent. More weight would be given for advanced courses.
West said the requirements are meant to make the admissions process more fair, giving an advantage to those who take more challenging classes.
The top IO percent law has come under
LA GRANGE, Texas (AP) — State Rep. Joseph Moreno of Houston was killed early Friday when a pickup truck he was driving overturned on a highway.
State Rep. Rafael Ancilia of Dallas and a legislative staffer were injured. Police said Moreno, 40, apparently overcorrected after the truck slipped off the shoulder of State Highway 71 outside of l.a Grange.
The truck veered into the median and flipped several times, said Lawrence Roome, communications officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Pierce. All three occupants were wearing seatbelts.
Anchia and Monica Lisa Pinon, chief of staff to state Rep. Joseph Pickett of El Paso, were taken to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, where Anchia was treated for minor injuries and released, according to a statement issued by I louse Speaker Tom Craddick.
Pinon, who was in the back seat, remained hospitalized with more serious injuries, die speaker’s office said. Hie three were returning from a basketball game in I louston.
“We are in shock this morning,” Craddick said. "Nothing can prepare you for the sudden loss of someone that you
Schertz school district to host summer camp
SCHERTZ — The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District will sponsor a weeklong summer camp next month for elementary school children who are in the second dirough sixth grade.
Camp Invention, lime 20-24, is an enrichment day camp offered nationwide for children in the second through sixth grade. Participants take part in five daily thematic modules where campers enhance their understanding of science, math, history and the arts. 'Ibis innovative program encourages children to let their imag-inations run wild through teamwork, creative problem solving and inventive thinking.
It is conducted through a partnership with the National Inventors I lall of Fame and die United States Department of Commerce.
This year’s camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rose Garden Elementary and costs $199 for one student or $179 per student when two or more students are registering.
Students can sign up at
(under the Universal Qty location), or call (800) 968-4332 for information.
“We no longer have a reason to have the top IO percent law. It has outlived its usefulness/’
fire over the last several years. During this legislative session lawmakers have filed hills that would change or even eliminate it.
University administrators and some lawmakers say the law is squeezing out many qualified students, sending them out of state and tying die hands of admissions officials who want to review the whole of students’ academic careers.
Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, proposed abolishing the law, saying it is unfair and irrelevant.
“We no longer have a reason to have the top IO percent law,” he said. “It has outlived its usefulness.”
The university admissions law was adopted after a 1996 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision made affirmative action illegal in Texas college admissions. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed diat decision, allowing universities to use race as one of many decisionmaking factors.
The law primarily affects the state’s flagship universities — the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University in College Station — where enrollment
is most selective.
Administrators at UT Austin have long called for change in the top IO percent law. They say a more holistic approach would allow for more accurate assessment of student qualifications.
More than 60 percent of the 2004 UT Austin freshman class was admitted under the law. At A&M, about 47 percent of 2004 freshmen class were top IO percent graduates.
The presidents of both universities have recommended keeping the law but implementing a cap on the number of students who could be admitted under it. A bill that would do just that was approved this week by a I louse education committee.
The bill the Senate approved Friday now goes to that committee for its consideration.
During 2003, however, West and Sen. Leticia Van de Butte successfully filibustered similar legislation.
Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin, said the current law is doing what it was meant to do — increasing diversity, both ethnically and geographically, at Texas universities.
And top IO percent students are outperforming their peers, said Sen. Kip Averitt, D-Waco.
“Students who get into the University of Texas at Austin under the top IO percent rule have higher GPAs than students who are admitted otherwise,” Averitt said. "I think that says our best and brightest are being admitted to our universities.”
Ashley Furniture Homestores to host job fair Tuesday
Ashley Furniture Homestores, which will soon open a regional distribution center in New Braunfels, will hold a job fair Tuesday at Canyon Intermediate School.
Hill Country Furniture Partners, which is a licensee for most Ashley Furniture stores in Texas, including San Antonio and Austin, announced earlier this year it would move its headquarters operations to New Braunfels.
Ashley Furniture Industries is a privately held worldwide manufacturer of home furnishings and has annual sales topping $2.7 billion.
The company will he hiring delivery drivers, driver assistants, warehouse associates, customer sendee reps, administrative assistants and retail sales associates.
The job fair will begin at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Canyon Intermediate School.
To get to Canyon Intermediate School, take 1-35, get off at exit 189, then go northwest one block to Business 35. The school is at the intersection of Business 35 and Loop 337.
For information, call David Trinidad at the Texas Work-Source Center in New Braunfels at 606-2055.
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see and talk with every day. Joe was a young man with a bright future who, early on, distinguished himself in his district and in the I louse.”
Craddick said he had been at the hospital since hearing the news.
“This has been a discouraging and heartbreaking morning in which I have prayed for everyone involved,” he said. “We are grateful that Rafael and Monica are OK, but my wife Nadine and I are so grieved for the loss of Joe and
for what his family must now first elected to the I louse in face.” 1998. Anchia, also a Democ-
Moreno, a Democrat, was rat, was elected in 2004.