Essay on The Cypress Fairbanks School District Demographic

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Background of the Problem:

The Cypress-Fairbanks school district demographic is changing. There is currently a large variety of races, cultures, languages, and religious beliefs. Additionally, the widening gap between rich and poor is growing ever wider. Cypress is a growing suburban community on the northwestern side of Houston, Texas. According to Community Impact, a local newspaper, “The 11 zip codes that make up the general Cy-Fair area have seen an increase in ethnic and income diversity throughout the past decade.” According to the 2012 US Census, Cypress is made up of 52% Caucasian, 26% Hispanic, 11% African American and 11% other races. In the past 20 years there has been a steady decrease of the Caucasian population and a steady increase of minorities. Households with lower incomes are decreasing in the area, while households with a median income of more than $100,000 are on the rise. So although the minority population is growing, the area with the Smith Middle School boundaries is very homogeneous with few minorities. Students come from homes that are very affluent and have parents that are highly educated. In speaking with my students, I find that they rarely, if at all, venture out into other parts of the Cypress community. Although most students have traveled on vacation out-of-state and many out of the country, few students frequent establishments outside of their own family and neighborhood.

For these reasons, the students in our community more likely…

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