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• The average teacher has 11.2 years of experience, and 23.8 percent of them have advanced degrees.About one teacher in six quits every year, an average turnover rate of 16.2 percent.

• African-American students account for more than 20 percent of the population in six of the top 20 districts, accounting for 25.2 percent of Houston’s students and 23.4 percent of Dallas’.Texas has more kids in public school than 28 states have residents.The student population here — 5.1 million — is in the same ballpark as the total population of Colorado.Race and ethnicity vary widely among the districts, as they do throughout the state.• Hispanics have large majorities in Houston (62 percent), Dallas (69.8 percent) and some other big districts.They nearly always run into the politics of public education: Each district represents some local interest — sometimes the strongest unifying institution in a community — and voters so far have turned back every attempt at mergers.

Other stats that jump out: • Counting charter schools, the state has 1,227 school districts. • 29 percent of the state’s students are enrolled in 18 of those school districts.

And you can see the state’s near future in the latest numbers from the Texas Education Agency: 51.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent Anglo, 12.7 percent African-American, 3.7 percent Asian.

That syncs up with recent numbers from the Office of the State Demographer, which says Hispanics will outnumber Anglos by 2020 — that’s five years from now — and will account for more than half of the state’s population by 2042.

Each year hundreds of communities face the closure of their local school or the loss of their local school district-and the school governance positions associated with the district.

State policies promoting consolidation have existed for most of the 20th and now 21st centuries.

• Overall, 60.2 percent of the students in Texas public schools are classified as economically disadvantaged; 17.5 percent are English language learners.