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Austin - State Senator Sylvia Garcia made the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding The University of Texas' admission criteria in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin:

"Today's decision is a victory for all children seeking a higher education across this country. The United States Supreme Court has once again recognized the importance of diversity in institutions of higher education. Diversity in a student body not only advances minority students, but also improves the experience and outcomes of all students. Affirmative action is not a handout to less deserving minority students, but rather a recognition of the potential of these students and an opportunity to improve their lives through education.

Too often poor and minority are synonyms in our society. By recognizing the institutional hurdles that have been placed on many minority communities, we can implement policies that remove these barriers. We already know of a proven way to help break the cycle of poverty, and that is a quality education. This decision makes such an education one step closer for many Texans, but is not the end-all-be-all. Getting into college is just the first step. We must continue to look at the ability of these students to afford going to college, and find ways to provide more scholarships and grants so no student is denied an education because he/she cannot afford it. I applaud today's decision and look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure no barriers remain to anyone seeking a higher education."