Brazil approves affirmative action bill approved

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Posted: Aug 08, 2012 11:56 AM
Brazil approves affirmative action bill approved

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian Senate has approved an affirmative action bill that reserves half the spots in federal universities for high school graduates of public schools, with those seats distributed according to the racial makeup of each state.

The Senate's news agency says the bill that was approved late Tuesday.

The bill now goes to President Dilma Rousseff, who is expected to approve it.

The Senate says the reserved spots will be distributed among black, mixed race and indigenous students proportionally to the racial composition of each state.

Senator Paulo Paim tells the news agency that the bill will benefit most Brazilian students because private schools account for just one of every 10 students.

The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that it was constitutional for universities to use racial quotas.