5.31.2006

School District Trivia

  • In Texas, there are 1,031 independent school districts.
  • Those districts educate over 4.3 million kids.
  • That number grows by 72,500 every year.
  • Half of the 1,031 districts have less than 700 students each.
  • 25% of all students go to 12 districts.
  • The largest district is Houston ISD with 211,499 students.
  • The smallest district is Divide ISD with 10 students.

Source: Neeley v. West Orange Cove Consolidated ISD, 176 S.w.3d 746 (Tex. 2005).

8 comments:

m&m said...

I've always been of the opinion that in Texas we have some districts that are too big and need to be split up because they have become unmanageble and some that are too small and the administration (superintendants office) could be consolidated. For example, we could have a Wise County School District instead of the six separate districts we currently have.

Anonymous said...

To learn, it just takes someone willing and able to teach and someone willing and able to listen. That's not a function of money. Could be accomplished with one teacher and 20 kids sitting under a shade tree. Unfortunately, we are now paying the piper for video games, broken families, bizarre imagery of what's "perfect" for a girl that creates low self esteem among most girls, porn, internet, meth daddies, and any number of societal ills that are now roosting in our schools; making it almost impossible to be a teacher these days, and what's coming out of our schools...geez.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that 6:03!!

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the rant from 6:03 but m&m is right on. Why not a Wise County ISD?

Anonymous said...

Actually, what is coming out of our schools today are the best educated students we've ever produced. If you think otherwise, you just don't remember how little we had to learn to get a high school diploma in the past. The standards students have to attain to meet graduation requirements today far exceed what those of us who graduated 20 or more years ago had to achieve to do so. My 1965 high school education in Bridgeport wouldn't even begin to scratch the surface of what students have to master in today's schools to get a diploma, and I dare say that was true of every other student who graduated back in that time, regardless of where they attended school. You only had to have 16 credits to graduate. Today, you have to have a minimum of 24 or more credits in most schools. I agree that there are a lot of things going on today that present roadblocks to graduation for some students, but there always have been, and always will be. I remember when it was school policy that any girl that was discovered to be pregnant had to withdraw from school with most becoming dropouts, when schools weren't held accountable for how many of their students dropped out, and when you only had to pass three subjects out of the five or six you were taking to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities which led to at least a few guys I knew participating in sports for four years without ever having to sit out, yet never graduating.

Anonymous said...

The best ever? I am embarassed at how poor our education system is. It is no wonder Americans are looked at like idiots by the rest of the world.

Anonymous said...

Do not delude yourself that the things we see today did not exist back then. You were just too sheltered to relize it. It is just more exposed and easily accessed today. Those who weren't deemed acceptable by society's standards were either run off or murdered.

Anonymous said...

If Americans are looked at like idiots then why does most of the world depend on America to invent bigger and better things? Most people are jealous that us Americans have the opportunity to live the way we want. Why do you think we have immigration issues? Everybody wants to be an American. I know a ton of them are Mexicans but there are millions of other immigrants in this country as well.