This autumn, the majority of students in public schools across the United States will be non-white for the first time in American history.
The new data comes courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which estimates that 49.8 percent of all American students this coming school year will be non-Hispanic white students. At just under 50 percent, white students will still be the biggest racial group represented in US schools, but they will no longer make up the majority of all students in the country.
According to the Associated Press, the NCES projects that nearly 25 percent of minority students will be Hispanic, while 15 percent will be black and another five percent Asian. Biracial and Native American students will make up the rest of the minority stake in schools.
The news comes as the US population in general continues to undergo significant racial and ethnic changes. The US Census Bureau projects that minorities will make up a greater share of the US citizenry than whites by 2043, partially thanks to the fact that birth rates are going down or staying the same for whites – as well as for African Americans and Asians – while climbing higher for Hispanics.
These trends will spur changes in numerous areas, including the American educational system. As noted by AP, some school districts are already making changes and confronting new racial issues as a result. During a May incident in Chicago, police were called to stop a fight between black and Hispanic students, while some families are deciding to either embrace or turn away from schools featuring more diverse groups of students…. see more