‘Merit or quota?’ Former Texas official tweets at students of color

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A former Texas education official is coming under fire after a Twitter account bearing his name has tweeted to students of color whether their acceptance to Ivy League schools was merit- or quota-based.

In one instance, a student named Drake Johnson tweeted photos of himself wearing a university sweatshirt, saying “It’s official, I’m Harvard bound.” The account @SBOEDist12 bearing George Clayton’s name, replied “Congrats. Were you admitted on merit or quota?”

Clayton previously served on the Texas State Board of Education for district 12.

Johnson replied “Thank you! Valedictorian, ASB President, World Champion, good SAT, and a couple handfuls of other involvements, so I would think merit?”

That Twitter account also tweeted to other students celebrating their college acceptance, asking similar questions about “merit or quota” factoring into the schools’ decision to admit them.

Clayton’s Twitter biography says he’s a candidate for the 2018 Texas State Board of Education, but the Dallas Morning News says there isn’t a record of him filing for candidacy. When it reached out to him, he declined to comment and said he retired from public office and no longer speaks to the press.

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