Currently, there are an estimated 2.48 million Hispanics students in Texas public schools.
Hispanics last year made up nearly 49 percent of the students. TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said Tuesday that the Hispanic population is the fastest-growing group of students.
Texas lawmakers are dealing with a projected $15 billion budget shortfall in the next two-year spending period. Possible funding cuts for public education have been discussed.