Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SFGate: Latino kids now majority in state's public schools

This from SFGate:
Latinos now make up a majority of California's public school students, cracking the 50 percent barrier for the first time in the state's history, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Education.

Almost 50.4 percent of the state's students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year.

In comparison, 27 percent of California's 6.2 million students identified themselves as white, 9 percent as Asian and 7 percent as black. Students calling themselves Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American or other total almost 7 percent.

While the result was no surprise to educators, experts say the shift underscores the huge impact Latinos already have on California's politics, economy and school system.
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  1. I'm very concerned that this news may further erode public support for public schools. My husband (a native Californian) told me that a significant force behind the push for Prop 13 was older, white CA residents who didn't want to pay for the education of Mexican immigrant kids.

  2. Don't feed the troll.

  3. And white kids represent the majority in CA's private schools.

  4. Anon, if you're sincere, your husband is wrong. Mexican immigrant kids really weren't on the radar -- it was the soaring home assessments and correlated property taxes. I'm speaking also as a native Californian and one who was an aware voter -- and homeowner -- in June 1978 when Prop. 13 passed. I opposed it then, and I can see now that all the ills predicted by its opponents have materialized; but Mexican immigrants weren't an issue in the public conversation about Prop. 13.

  5. Caroline, I have no direct information one way or the other having grown up on the East Coast, only what I heard from my DH. FYI my DH grew up in San Jose, which experienced a big influx of Hispanic residents (and students) in the 70s. It's possible that either those in (largely white) Marin County saw things differently than in cities like San Jose (or LA) or that the adults in DH's neighborhood were not representative of Californians as a whole. (Or both)