Education, the foundation of our future, is an absolute necessity. However, in Texas a troubling statistic has surfaced regarding the dropout rates of Latino youths. With legislators chasing skewed statistics, and no clear answer in sight, those that suffer stand to lose everything.
Before opinions form, it’s important to examine all of the facts. While the Latino population continues to grow in Texas, it was initially viewed as a favorable statistic that more youths were enrolling in college. However, when comparisons were drawn between the rate of population growth and the increase of college enrollment, the numbers don’t equate to a positive trend. Coupled with an increase of high school dropouts, legislators are spinning their wheels trying to root out the cause of this problem.
Initially, the misleading statistic regarding the increase of Latino college enrolment was taken as a sign of improvement, but this statistic is far from accurate. A closer examination finds that while the overall enrollment may have increased, there has been a decrease in degrees earned by the students, leading to more dropouts.
Though this research comes from the Pew Research Center as a result of data gathered during the 2013-2014 school year, legislators are not acting on this information. This level of blatant inaction is attributed to the School Financing Lawsuit passed in 2011, and its remaining open to this day. Texas had suffered deep budget cuts to their education department, and still struggle to recover. Placed 49th on the list of states with the least amount of funding per student. How much longer will those seeking education suffer for this political quagmire?
Some attribute the poor state of Texas’ educational system to a lack of funding, but others claim the issue is more than pocket deep. Some feel that the divided community is to blame for the lack of action, others point to the directionless legislators. While no clear cause to emerge, one thing is certain. Without a unified front against this problem, we condemn future students before they’ve even begun.