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White Students Are No Longer Majority in Schools

White Students Are No Longer Majority in Schools

For the first time in history, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites enrolled. In Pennsylvania's wealthiest county, a sign hangs outside reading "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos."

According to ABC News, non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group in public schools at 49.8 percent, but the National Center for Education Statistics said minority students, when added together, will take up the majority. About one-quarter of the minority students are Hispanic, 15 percent are black and 5 percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders. Biracial students and Native American students also represent a smaller share. 

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called this change a "seminal moment in education."

"We can't talk about other people's children," he said. "These are our children." 

The shift, according to the article, creates new academic realities, such as the need for more English language instruction, and cultural ones, such as changing items in the school lunch menu to reflect diverse students' tastes. 

Duncan said the country needs to make sure that all students "have an opportunity to have a world-class education, to do extraordinarily well."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

 

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