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Transforming Education Across the Rio Grande Valley

October 4, 2021

CFT's Educate Texas releases regional scoreboard

RGV FOCUS is measurably improving education across all four counties of the Rio Grande Valley. CFT’s Educate Texas founded RGV FOCUS in 2012 with the vision of building a community partnership to make sure all students in the Rio Grande Valley get the education they need and deserve to achieve meaningful careers and lives.

The Rio Grande Valley is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S., home to 1.36 million people along the Texas-Mexico border. Comprised of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties, it is a young, bilingual and bicultural community, where 92% of residents are Latino and the median household income is $39,000. Thirty percent of the population lives in poverty, compared to 15% Texas-wide.

RGV FOCUS’ 2020 annual report, Now, More Than Ever, includes several important bright spots with year-over-year positive increases:

As we look forward, Educate Texas and RGV FOCUS know there is still critical work to do. When it comes to high school graduation, the end is only the beginning – and we will continue to work together with education, business, and community leaders to ensure more students find their place on a path that is right for them.

Read the full story in our Fall 2021 IMPACT Magazine


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