The Impact of Redistricting on Latino Education Policy: A Texas Case Study

Jorge Chapa, Emmanuel Garcia

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Redistricting, the redrawing of electoral district boundaries to reflect the latest population counts, occurs for most electoral districts after each decennial census. While normally a topic of concern mainly to politicians and politicos, redistricting can alter the opportunities for representation and policy alternatives. For a number of reasons, Latino representation at many electoral levels has lagged far behind Latino population percentages. Latino representation has been shown to increase Latino educational opportunities, access, and success. One higher education example of this is Texas' top ten percent plan (TTP) spearheaded by Latino/a legislators. This plan has led to substantially increased Latino enrollments in Texas' public universities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-152
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Hispanic Higher Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Latino demographics
  • Latino political representation
  • Texas legislature
  • Texas redistricting
  • top ten percent plan (TTP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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