- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has voted to extend a deal with the University of Texas allowing the school to accept new students whose grades don’t rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

Senators voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the 2009 agreement, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott.

State law requires public universities to admit students whose grades rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

But the compromise allows the University of Texas to admit one student not in the top of their class for every three admitted who are.

Because of high enrollment, currently 51,000, only students in the top 7 percent of their class are now automatically admitted to the University of Texas.

Many lawmakers want to scrap automatic admissions provision altogether.

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