Texas public school enrollment tops 5 million

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Surpassing the 5 million mark, student enrollment in Texas public schools has hit a new record, according to the Texas Education Agency. And Hispanic enrollment continues to mark the majority.

“Enrollment increased for all student groups between 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 except for whites, who experienced a numeric and percentage decrease statewide,” according to a TEA news release on a report released Tuesday. Enrollment in public schools has grown by 820,019 students — or more than 19 percent — over the past decade, it added.

Compared with national figures, Texas’ student enrollment growth stands out even more. Enrollment in Texas increased by 21.6 percent between 2000 and 2010, or four times more than the increase of 4.8 percent over the same period nationwide, according to the report.

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