From our friends at the Community Action Network:
At a conference at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Steve Murdock reviewed the changing demographics of Texas. Murdock, currently a professor at Rice University, is the former Texas demographer and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau.
The two faces of Texas presented in the data of Murdock’s report are old and aging Anglos and a burgeoning young Hispanic population. From 2000 to 2040, Texas public schools will see a 15% decline in the white student population and a 213% increase in the Hispanic population. Most of the projected growth is due to births, 22% is due to in-migration from other states and about 6% is undocumented. If current trend lines of poor educational outcomes and low incomes for Hispanics do not change, our State’s future will be bleak, Murdock said.