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Texas School Funding Goes on Trial

Oct. 25, 2012

A judge has begun hearing testimony on Texas school funding with a demographer saying that educating Hispanics is a key to the state's future.

Steve Murdock testified Tuesday that by 2050 about two-thirds of Texas public school students will be Hispanic, the Houston Chronicle reported. By that time, he said 31 million Texans will be of Hispanic descent with only 12 million non-Hispanic whites.

Six groups have challenged the state's school funding system, saying that it is unfair to minorities and that some districts have far higher per-pupil funding.

Currently, white Texans tend to be better educated. Only 8 percent did not complete high school, compared to more than 40 percent of Hispanics.

The trial is expected to last for several months.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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