Texas' student population will be 2/3 Hispanic by 2050, the latest in a series of radical changes the state has seen since 2000,according to a report put out by the Texas Education Agency, (TEA) reports:
According to the report, Hispanics became the largest group of enrolled students in the 2010-2011 school year, while white students decreased that year from 42% to 31.2%. In the two completed school years since, all ethnic enrolled student groups for grades K-12 have increased, except whites, which have decreased.
Disadvantaged students decreased in the Asian, Hispanic, and white enrollment, but increased in the African-American enrollment. Overall, disadvantages students increased to 60.3%, up from 51.8% 10 years ago.
Compared to national statistics, Texas student enrollment increased 21.6% between 2000-2010, which is four times more than the national increase for that same time of 4.8%.
Other highlights from the report include:
- The number of students in grades 9-12 participating in career and technical education programs was 35.2% in 2012-2013, a slight decrease from 35.5% the previous year.
- The number of students participating in bilingual or English as a Second Language programs increased by 268,538 or 46.9%between 2002-2003 and 2012-2013.
Approximately two-thirds of Texas' school districts are involved in ongoing lawsuits over their school finance systems. The schools' argument is that although lawmakers boosted funding to state schools, other changes that were made increased the cost of running the school system. Those changes included implementing a complex new curriculum for high school students, which required hiring more school counselors and expanding vocational education options; all of which resulted in additional imposed expenditures for the districts.
Almost two years ago, the legislature took away $5.4 billion from the school system because of a state budget emergency, while, at the same time, raising assessment and accountability standards. The districts called "foul".
Austin District Court Judge John Dietz ruled in favor of the school districts last February. But shortly after Dietz issued his oral ruling, the Legislature put $3.4 billion back into public education during the 2013 legislative session. After a June hearing on the matter, Dietz decided to reopen evidence in the case, which is expected to makes its way to the Texas Supreme Court.
Attorneys for the schools districts argued that the $3.4 billion was not related to the original grievance.