Texas teachers take on tougher challenges as the number of economically disadvantaged students continues to growThe Classroom Teacher, spring 2014
The number of Texas public school students living in poverty has exploded in the new millennium. It increased 47 percent — well more than twice as much as the state’s overall child population — from 2000 to 2011, according to the 2013 Texas Kids Count report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.
Today, 60 percent, or more than 3 million, Texas public school students are identified as economically disadvantaged. On average, Texas public school teachers have more students who face the challenges of childhood poverty than students who don’t.