A Texas Reader Says The Lone Star State's Plight Is A Warning To America
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From:  Owen Sands [e-mail him]

A recent Houston Chronicle article reported that experts in Texas "predict grim future for state if leaders don't address gap among students."  The "gap" they are referring to is the one between Hispanic and white students. [" Experts Predict Grim Future for State If Leaders Don't Address Gap Among Students", Gary Scharrer, Houston Chronicle, September 3, 2006]

Here are some of the frightening facts from the story:

  • Steve Murdock, the top population expert in the state, projects that within 35 years, the average household income in Texas will drop by $6,500 (not adjusted for inflation) if the state doesn't do a better job educating Hispanic students.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2004, the Hispanic population in Texas grew 1.2 million compared to 147,678 whites.

  • Murdock predicts that over the next 34 years, Hispanics will account for 78 percent of the states population growth; whites will account for only 4 percent of the growth.

  • In 2005, Hispanic students were 45 percent of the student population in Texas and will soon be the majority.  The dropout rate among Hispanic students is 48 percent.  Low income students make up 56 percent of the states school children, and the number of limited English-proficient children continues to grow by 30,000 a year.

Reporter Scharrer quotes Sate Rep. Pete Gallego, the state House Mexican American Caucus chairman as saying, "Unless Texas changes course, we doom an entire generation of kids."

Change course?  Well, Mr. Gallego, it's a little late for that.  It doesn't take a genius to figure out that years of unchecked mass immigration from Third World countries is the reason for the coming crisis in Texas

I hope our situation in Texas serves as a warning to those living in non-border states.  Unfortunately, the damage in Texas is irreversible. 

You cannot dump millions of children of Third World immigrants into a state's public school system over three decades and realistically expect that state to keep up.

I don't see how Texans can see anything these days but a half empty glass.

Sands is a police officer in Harris County.

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