Anglo Students In Classroom Drop 6 Percent

Katherine Cromer Brock, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Feb. 13, 2007

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.

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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.

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