Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The number of Texas public school students in all ethnic groups increased over the past decade - except for white students whose numbers dropped by 6%

Katherine Cromer Brock:

Texas public school enrollment increased 19 percent in the past decade, from 3.8 million students to more than 4.5 million, in the 2005-06 school year.

Enrollment of Anglo students decreased by 6 percent, from 1.76 million to 1.65 million.

Over the decade, Hispanic student enrollment increased by 650,199 students to 2 million, a 46.5 percent increase.

Hispanic students make up 45.3 percent of students in Texas public schools, followed by Anglo students at 36.5 percent and African-American students at 14.7 percent.

Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian students make up 3.4 percent combined. Hispanic students became the largest group in the 2001-02 school year.

More than half of Texas public school students -- 2.5 million -- are economically disadvantaged. The number of students classified as such increased by 752,571, exceeding the increase in new students in the past decade.

Students identified as speaking limited English grew by 48.3 percent. The number of students receiving bilingual education or English as a second language services increased by 55.6 percent.

I guess this explains why Texas has such a problem with high school dropouts.


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