Again, unexpectedly (though by now it should not have been unexpected), newly energized Asian immigrants, largely Chinese, forced the measure onto a statewide ballot, where it was defeated.
“The government shouldn’t be passing over people who earn a place at school or a contract on merit,” he told the Bellingham Herald.
The proportions at the other seven specialized high schools are roughly similar.
A common view is that, in the academic context, merit is a combination of ability and acquired knowledge.
Merit is thus not something they inherently possess but something that they can earn.