The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas is an independent and objective source for the completion of research and education projects and programs focused on major issues impacting Texas and the Nation both now and in the future. The Center seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of demographic, economic, geographic, social, and environmental conditions impacting the current conditions in, and future of, Texas and other areas in the Nation.
The Changing Face of Texas Public Schools
From KSTX San Antonio: The makeup of the Texas public school system has become less white and poorer in recent decades, according to the most recent data from the Texas Education Agency reflected in The Texas Tribune’s Texas Public Schools Explorer. It’s a change that’s largely attributable to massive growth in the state’s Hispanic and Asian populations.
More in Tarrant County are Living in Poverty Even as Household Incomes Rise
From the Star Telegram: Five U.S. states have posted a significant drop in the number of people living in poverty but Texas is not one of them, even though household incomes have climbed in the state, according to U.S. Census data released Wednesday.
Texas Public Schools Are Poorer, More Diverse
From The Texas Tribune: As the state’s student population has become more diverse, it’s also become poorer. During the last school year, nearly 60 percent of the state’s public school students were considered “economically disadvantaged” — up from about half in 2000.
Immigrant Students Today, Texas' Future Tomorrow - Part 1: Educating the New Workforce
AN EL PASO TIMES SPECIAL REPORT EXPLORING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION MODELS IN LOCAL SCHOOLS: ...Steve Murdock, founding director of Rice University's Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and the state's former demographer, has projected that by the year 2040 Hispanics might make up more than 50 percent of the population in Texas as the Anglo population declines to 26 percent. His presentations have also predicted that if the educational attainment of the Hispanic population does not improve, the economy will suffer in the long run.
Texas Education, Political Leaders Lay Out State's Higher Education Challenge, Goals
From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Graduation rates at public colleges and universities in Texas have increased significantly in the last 15 years, but many students are taking five or six years to graduate, can’t find jobs in their chosen fields and borrow thousands of dollars to finance their education.