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Suburban Districts See More Minority Students Than Ever

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In many Houston-area districts, most of which start classes on Monday, "majority-minority" enrollments have long been the norm. It started in urban school systems like HISD, but suburban and rural counties increasingly are part of the changing picture as well. And many are faced with new challenges as their student makeup changes.


On one end of the spectrum is Fort Bend ISD, with an almost even split among white, black, Asian and Hispanic students. The district has sought to embrace its diversity while responding to gaps in achievement among racial and ethnic groups with a comprehensive early childhood center modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone in New York.


Conroe ISD, by contrast, remains majority white, but just barely. In response to a growing Hispanic population, the district is banking on bilingual hires and newcomers' centers that coordinate services.




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