State Representative Raul Torres Takes A Look at Texas Education K-12

By State Rep. Raul Torres

In the last 10 years student enrollment has risen just 20% while education spending has exploded, far exceeding the inflation rate. The group with the largest increase in enrollment has been Hispanics who counted for over 50% of the student population in 2010, a first time for Texas. Meanwhile the number of students from an economically disadvantaged background reached nearly 60% between 1998-2008.

In the last 10 years student enrollment has risen just 20% while education spending has exploded, far exceeding the inflation rate. The group with the largest increase in enrollment has been Hispanics who counted for over 50% of the student population in 2010, a first time for Texas. Meanwhile the number of students from an economically disadvantaged background reached nearly 60% between 1998-2008.

There’s no disputing these facts. And if you follow the logical conclusion, there is no greater concern than the staggering high school dropout rate we are facing in Texas.

Each year more than 130,000 Texas students enter high school and do not graduate. Often the majority of these students are minorities from a low socio-economic background. But this crisis is not just about the students in public education; it is something that will ultimately impact the entire state. Let me explain.

Did you know that each class of dropouts increases our state’s spending on budget items such as Medicaid and prison expenses, not to mention the lost tax revenue that some estimate to be as much as $377 million per class.

If this is allowed to continue, it will threaten the economic future and well being of every Texan. The results could be devastating. Many Texas businesses will either close or leave our state, high unemployment, higher taxes, additional home foreclosures, and the list goes on. As you can see this is not a pretty picture.

As your next State Senator I will work hard to give Texas’ students the first class education they deserve and the jobs we need here in South Texas. My friends, I believe that our best days are in front of us, not behind us.

There’s no disputing these facts. And if you follow the logical conclusion, there is no greater concern than the staggering high school dropout rate we are facing in Texas.

Each year more than 130,000 Texas students enter high school and do not graduate. Often the majority of these students are minorities from a low socio-economic background. But this crisis is not just about the students in public education; it is something that will ultimately impact the entire state. Let me explain.

Did you know that each class of dropouts increases our state’s spending on budget items such as Medicaid and prison expenses, not to mention the lost tax revenue that some estimate to be as much as $377 million per class.

If this is allowed to continue, it will threaten the economic future and well being of every Texan. The results could be devastating. Many Texas businesses will either close or leave our state, high unemployment, higher taxes, additional home foreclosures, and the list goes on. As you can see this is not a pretty picture.

As your next State Senator I will work hard to give Texas’ students the first class education they deserve and the jobs we need here in South Texas. My friends, I believe that our best days are in front of us, not behind us.

you can read Mr. Torres articles on education, taxes on his website

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