California Governor Gray Davis (Dem.) announced a new proposal which would require the University of California to admit the top 4% of students who have completed college preparatory courses at all CA high schools. In addition to benefitting students at largely-minority and inner city high schools, the new policy would also benefit students in poorer or rural areas, who are also under-represented at UC.
Davis' proposal was designed to off-set the huge declines in minority enrollment caused by state affirmative action bans including Proposition 209, which passed in 1996. UC spokesperson Charles McFadden said of Davis' proposal, "We believe that it will result in a student body that is more representative of the state's diverse population without sacrificing academic excellence."
Critics charge that the new proposal will make little change unless additional financial aid is offered to the most needy students.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .