Latinos, Asians to be Majority of Children Sooner
A majority of the nation’s children will be minorities before the decade is out, a new Census analysis shows, the Washington Post reports.
Census data had incidctaed that most children will be minorities by 2023, but demographer William H. Frey said that landmark will be reached years earlier, as unexpectedly rapid growth among Hispanics and Asians is creating a demographic age gap already is visible in classrooms and playgrounds.
More from the news report:
Latinos already are the largest minority among schoolchildren nationwide. One in five students overall is Latino; among kindergarteners, it’s one in four. They lag behind other children in achievement, with half never finishing high school.
More needs to be done at an earlier age to help them bridge the gap, said Thelma Melndez de Santa Ana, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the Education Department.
“America’s future is tied to the success of Latino students,” she said.
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