2014 - Developed in 2014 and updated in early 2015, the maps and short overview provide context on education and demographic trends in the South and Nation. The report and data show the South is what the nation is becoming, a dynamic and diverse region. It is characterized by above average fertility rates, high immigration rates both from the north and from countries south of our borders, the greatest language diversity and the largest variations in income. And these broad patterns give rise to a number of challenges in terms of K-12 enrollment in public schools. In 2007, low income students – those eligible for free or reduced price lunch –became a new majority in the South's public schools. The proportion of low income students in public schools in the region continues to steadily grow since 2008.
Given the size of public school enrollments in the South, impacting any of the important national indicators of educational progress requires significant progress on these indicators in the South. The strategic significance of working in the South is even clearer when looking at the enrollments in public school districts by region. Three quarters of our schools districts have a majority of low income students enrolled.
Download the full set of maps and overview of trends.