Principal Gilma Sanchez keeps a box of children’s clothing in her office at Barrington Elementary School in North Austin.
Living in one of the most overcrowded areas of the school district, nearly all of Barrington’s students are poor and Hispanic.
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This is part of an occasional series by American-Statesman reporters chronicling how Central Texas’ rapid growth is changing the way we live. Read previous coverage of educational issues surrounding the area’s rising number of Hispanic children online at mystatesman.com.
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Melissa B. Taboada has covered public education for nine of her 14 years at the American-Statesman. She recently has written about Austin’s lagging graduation rates for low-income students and the district’s declining student enrollment.
As Texas’ student body has become increasingly Hispanic, the number of Latino educators has risen as well.