Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

First Advisor

Dr. Robert D. Winkle

Second Advisor

Dr. Gary Tschoepe

Third Advisor

Dr. Jose R. Hinojosa


The purpose of the study was to determine the applicability of the Political Resources Model of Representation to the Rio Grande Valley and to ascertain if political resources (poverty levels, educational attainment, and Hispanic representation) provide an adequate explanation of educational outcomes (ACT, TEAMS, and dropout rates).

The political Resources Model of Representation, used by Meier and Stewart, served as a theoretical framework for the study. Formerly, the model had been used at a national level and a state level. Representation variables were used to predict the applicability of the model to a region.

Political Resources variables were used to explain educational outcomes. The sample included 31 school districts in South Texas with a Hispanic majority population.

Results confirmed that the Political Resources Model of Representation is applicable to a regional study. School districts with a higher level of Hispanic poverty had lower ACT and TEAMS test scores. Revenue per Pupil also had a positive effect on TEAMS test scores.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American