Posted on Tue, Feb. 13, 2007

Anglo students in classroom drop 6 percent


The number of Texas public school students in all ethnic groups increased over the past decade -- except for Anglo students, whose numbers dropped by 6 percent, according to a state report.

In the 2005-06 school year, more than 4.5 million students enrolled in Texas public schools, a 19 percent increase in the past decade, according to Enrollment in Texas Public Schools 2005-06, a report released Monday by the Texas Education Agency.

Hispanic students made up the largest increase. Students classified as being economically disadvantaged also increased, according to the report, which analyzed enrollment trends statewide.

"The projected changes in enrollment reflect factors such as internal migration, legal and illegal immigration, the relatively high levels of births in the 1990s, and resultant changes in the population," according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which is quoted in the report. Texas is expected to have recorded the second-largest enrollment increases, after Nevada.

The Austin area experienced the most growth in Texas. Region 11, which includes Tarrant County, experienced the second-largest enrollment increase, growing 34.1 percent, or 123,933 students, in the past decade.

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.

SOURCE: Enrollment in Texas Public Schools 2005-06

Katherine Cromer Brock, 817-685-3813


Can we say ANCHOR BABIES?????

Over the decade, Hispanic student enrollment increased by 650,199 students to 2 million, a 46.5 percent increase
That's over 65,000 NEW, ADDITIONAL HISPANIC kids being enrolled EACH YEAR!!!!!