Committee Proposes Aid for Texas Minority Students
Influential leaders of the Texas Commission on a Representative Student Body called for a rise in state spending on financial aid for minority college students today. They requested that a biannual appropriation of $500 million be awarded to students based on need, arguing that diversity in higher education is essential to create a strong economy in Texas.
A ruling in 1996 by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that race could not be a determinant in the admissions process at public colleges in Texas. The ruling came from a lawsuit brought by several white students who were angered after being declined admission at the University of Texas' law school. The order has also been applied to financial aid programs.
After the ruling went into effect, public colleges in Texas saw an immediate decline in the number of enrolled minorities. The state of California saw similar results after passing the anti-affirmative action measure Proposition 209.
"Lack of money is the main reason why minority students do not enter college, transfer from community or technical colleges, or stay long enough to receive a degree," the commission reported. "Without additional financial support, many Texans will not acquire the education necessary to become fully productive citizens, and the state will not have the educated work force that it needs to remain competitive."
The committee also suggested creating a fund of $60 million to finance student recruitment efforts and $49 million to increase work-study programs. Many legislators oppose the committee's recommendations.
Media Resources: Washington Post - October 16, 1998
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. . . .