Some of Texas’ major public education institutions — including school districts, community colleges and public universities — rightly are joining forces to combat lagging college completion rates for African-American and Latino males. Their success in improving college completion rates for those student groups is the right thing to do for moral reasons, but it’s also the smart thing to do for economic ones.
As the state continues a demographic shift lead by a fast-growing Hispanic population, graduating more minority students becomes even more crucial to Texas’ financial health. That kind of effort is sorely lacking in Texas, where nearly two of three of the state’s 5 million public school students are minority. The state no longer can afford to paper over those challenges — not without putting its own prosperity at risk in the future.
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