Some of the problems Texas faces are due to illegal immigrants and their children. More than half of the charity and non-paid births are to illegal alien parents - in Parkland hospital of Dallas, hundreds of miles from the border. The same is true for Houston, San Antonio and many other cities.
Texas has a constant influx of non-English speaking kids whose parents rarely have a high school education, while expected to show continued improvement on the educational attainment of this demographic. Slight gains for blacks and whites are irrelevant compared to the stagnating or declining test scores for Hispanics. Third generation hispanic kids who speak English are surrounded by first generation Americans and new arrivals who speak no English and live in a culture against assimilation and learning English. Academic scores go down because the new arrivals have low scores and no interest in improving. Texas schools with these kids get penalized, because the President won’t shut the border and now offers de facto amnesty to these kids.
Schools have to spend more for ESL to create kids that don’t learn English, then get dinged on funding and raises and ratings because the kids and their families won’t learn English and don’t value education.
Excellent synopsis of the problems here in Texas!!
But, hey, our high schools have the best football stadiums in the country.
That’s true and I wonder if it is cultural. Cubans are very pro-education. Mexicans, at least the demographic that moves to the United States, are not. Liberals view these two peoples as one “Hispanic” or “Latino” continuum. They aren’t. They simply share a common colonial history and language. It would be like simply equating the Maya with the Aztecs and the Inca.