The Ten Percenters (The 10%ers) was a BritishTV series that showed between 1993 and 1996. Clive Francis played the main character. The producer was Ed Bye; the writer was Rob Grant, who was the partner of the executive producer, Doug Naylor.
But thanks to a new state law guaranteeing the top 10percent of graduates from every Texas high school a spot at the public university of their choice, Garza, 18, is now suffering through calculus and chemistry as a freshman at the state's flagship institution.
Two years into the simple top 10percent program, the racial mix on this campus has been restored to what it was under affirmative action, and the university also has been able to attract students like Garza from impoverished rural and inner-city schools that rarely sent graduates here before.
Since top 10percenters are admitted without regard to their scores on standardized tests -- which all applicants must take -- the Texas system may help answer the long-debated question of whether grades or tests are better predictors of college performance.
Gascon said studies done throughout the country have concluded that 10% of suspects commit 50% of crimes, 10% of crime victims are involved in 40% of crimes and 10% of crime locations are involved in 60% of crimes.
After an identified 10percenter is charged with a crime, LAPD officials say, prosecutors have the authority to help determine the eventual punishment, including whether the person is sentenced to state prison, goes to county jail or gets probation.
In one recent case, a 10percenter convicted of auto theft was sentenced to 270 days in jail and could have been released after 27 days, but an alert by the LAPD liaison resulted in the repeat offender's serving 150 days.
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