from The Texas Tribune, by Ross Ramsey, 7/13/15 –
Texas has more kids in public school than 28 states have residents.
The student population here — 5.1 million — is in the same ballpark as the total population of Colorado.
And you can see the state’s near future in the latest numbers from the Texas Education Agency: 51.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent Anglo, 12.7 percent African-American, 3.7 percent Asian.
That syncs up with recent numbers from the Office of the State Demographer, which says Hispanics will outnumber Anglos by 2020 — that’s five years from now — and will account for more than half of the state’s population by 2042.
As many of you know, I am temporarily living in Austin in order to serve as a full-time volunteer lobbyist for Texas Eagle Forum, a pro-family organization (www.texaseagle.org), during the Texas Legislative Session.
The Session convened on January 11th and will adjourn on May 31st.
Because many of the bills filed will include a cost to the taxpayer, I thought you would like to see the attached booklet, just published by the Texas Education Agency.
This “Pocket Edition” of Texas Public School Statistics is jam-packed with at-a-glance information that should be of interest to every taxpayer, as well as public and charter school parent in Texas. Continue reading →