Hispanics one-fifth of K-12 students

CAROL’S SUMMARY: By 2050, the United States will be a majority Hispanic country. Right now, Hispanic students make up one fifth of k-12 students. Here are some questions to think through as we prepare to be the most educated country in the world by 2020:

· How many k-12 teachers are able to speak Spanish?

· How much will non-Hispanic children benefit long term from learning Spanish?

· In what ways do our schools and teachers need to work effectively with the
Spanish native population, their families and their parents?

· How will the US as a whole benefit from this rich cultural opportunity?

· What specific learning characteristics do k-12 educators need to know to maximize opportunities for Hispanic students and all other students as we march forward to set a world standard for education?


By Hope Yen, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Roughly one-fourth of the nation’s kindergartners are Hispanic, evidence of an accelerating trend that now will see minority children become the majority by 2023.
Census data released Thursday also showed that Hispanics make up about one-fifth of all K-12 students. Hispanics’ growth and changes in the youth population are certain to influence political debate, from jobs and immigration to the No Child Left Behind education, for years.

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