Texas Public School Population Grew Faster Than National Average
By Bill Zeeble, KERA News
Dallas, TX – The Texas public school population has grown steadily over the last 10 years, far outpacing the national average. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more
A Texas Education Agency study shows the state's public schools held just under 4 million students in 10 years ago. Last year, that number had grown to 4 point 7 million - an average rise of nearly 2 percent a year. Enrollment of all minority students rose, while the white student enrollment dropped.
Year after year, Texas has also outpaced the national student population growth. Between 1995 & 2-thousand-5, the public school population across the country rose 9 and a half percent. But it in Texas, student enrollment grew by 21 percent. Across the state, Hispanics make up the largest percentage of public school students, with roughly 45 percent.