Bud Kennedy at the Star-Telegram reports that the expected demographic change has hit:
For the first time, Hispanic children dominate first-grade classes, adding about 4,000 children last year to become the outright majority with 50.2 percent of students. But Hispanic children would have become dominant without even one new student, because white first-grade enrollment dropped by about 2,000.
White children are now fewer than one-third of the first-graders in Texas. If this is a surprise to us, it’s not one to Karl Eschbach of the University of Texas-San Antonio, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as the official state demographer. “What people don’t realize is the sheer inevitability of this change,” Eschbach said Friday. It isn’t about immigration, he said. It’s about native-born Texan and American children growing up.