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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Number of Hispanic public school students doubles

Pew Hispanic Center released a report that Hispanics are now 1 in 5 public school students nationwide. Between 1990 and 2006 they were 60% o the total enrollment growth, and now total 10 million.

By 2050, there will be more school-age Hispanic children than school-age non-Hispanic white children.

The report, "One-in-Five and Growing Fast: A Profile of Hispanic Public School Students," also stated that:
-- The vast majority of Hispanic public school students (84%) were born in the U.S.
-- 70% speak a language other than English at home.
-- 18% of all Hispanic students speak English with difficulty.
-- 57% live in households with both of their parents compared with 69% of non-Hispanic white students and 30% of non-Hispanic black students.
-- More than 70% U.S. born Hispanic students of immigrant parents live with both parents.
-- More than a quarter of Hispanic students (28%) live in poverty, compared with 16% of non-Hispanic students. In comparison, more than a third of non-Hispanic black students (35%) reside in poverty and about one-in-ten non-Hispanic white students live in a poor household.
-- Foreign-born Hispanic students (35%) are more likely than their native-born counterparts (27%) to live in poverty.

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