AUSTIN, Tex (Reuters) - Hispanic students are now the majority in Texas public schools, according to the state education agency.
"This has definitely been a trend that has been in the making for a number of years," said Debbie Ratcliffe, a spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency. "Hispanics have long been our fastest-growing student group."
Slightly more than 50 percent of Texas' 4.9 million public school students are Hispanic, according to state data from the 2010-2011 school year. Last school year, slightly less than 49 percent of students were Hispanic.
Texas has the country's second-largest public school system behind California, where the education department reported that Hispanic students became the majority during the 2009-2010 school year.
(Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan, Editing by Greg McCune)