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Brazil’s University Affirmative Action Law

By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – The senate in Brazil last week passed a bill that requires prestigious federal universities to reserve fifty percent of their places for public school students, and increases the number of spaces allotted to black, mixed-race and indigenous students. It is expected that President Dilma Rousseff will ratify the law next week.

The eleven percent of students who attend Brazil’s expensive private high schools – who are mostly white – are generally much better prepared for the notoriously competitive federal university entrance exam or ‘vestibular.’

Public universities in Brazil are heavily subsidized . . .

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