Texas Losing Ground in Educating Non-White Population

Quorum Report
June 11, 2003 - 6:08 PM

State demographer points to consequences of poor education for emerging majorities There was an audible groan from the mostly Latino and black audience when the state’s official demographer pointed out how Texas was falling behind in educational standards Thursday.

Dr. Steve Murdock was speaking to members of the Hispanic Employees Association and the African American Employees Association at the Texas Education Agency’s headquarters in Austin.

His presentation showed that between 1990 and 2000 Texas fell from 39th to 45th in the nation when measuring the percentage of adults in the population that had graduated from high school.

Texas has also dropped from 23rd to 27th when it comes to the number of college graduates as a percentage of total population.

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