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Hispanics Now Majority in Texas Public Schools

White students continue decline from 1995 enrollment peak

Gary Scharrer
My San Antonio [1]
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The number of non-Hispanic white children attending Texas public schools continues to decline and again reinforces the state’s rapidly shifting demographics.

This school year marks the first time Hispanic children represent a majority (50.2 percent) of the 4.9 million student enrollment, which includes Pre-kindergarten and early childhood education.

There are 218,557 fewer white students in Texas public schools today than 1995-96 when the white student enrollment peaked at 1,756,966, according to Texas Education Agency records. While the white student enrollment keeps declining each year, the Hispanic student enrollment continues to climb.

The 218,557 drop in white students compares to a 1,082,891 increase in Hispanic students during the same period. There are 2,480,000 Hispanic students attending Texas public schools today.

Full story here. [1]


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