Hispanic students now majority in state’s public schools

November 13, 2010

Hispanics now make up the majority of public school students in California, crossing the 50 percent mark for the first time. [San Francisco Chronicle]

New numbers released Friday by the state Department of Education shows that almost 50.4 percent of the state’s students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year.

In comparison, 27 percent of California’s 6.2 million students identified themselves as white, 9 percent as Asian and 7 percent as black. Students calling themselves Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American or other total almost 7 percent.

It’s no surprise that Hispanics make up the new majority in California schools, considering that their numbers have grown dramatically in recent decades. In 2009, Hispanics made up 37 percent of the state’s population, a number that continues to increase, according to the California Department of Finance.

However, their electoral sway has not grown by similar amounts, because almost 40 percent of adult Hispanics in California are ineligible to vote, said Lisa Garcia Bedolla, an associate professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education.



  1. undertow says:

    Cindy has her right to her opinion T’Pain. Self righteous People like you never fail to dissapoint condemming somebody for using it.

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    • willie says:

      I agree, the purpose of a blog is to allow the free conscious to express whether you agree or disagree. IF it is not, then it is just a proganda or communist site.
      Thus, Well said.
      PS I get a lot of thumbs down but most (not all) of it is productive and I still learn and enlighten (age 61).

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  2. willie says:

    The illegals will eventually earn the right to vote, this data is essential to those wanting to run for office in the future.
    Eventually CA, AZ, TX, NM will be dominated by hispanic, just as some cities are dominated by other minorities or group.
    Virtually every group grew across time via welfare system.
    I have traveled to most all the parts of the world, lived in Asia and Mexico, an environement of good people and culture in their country or a blend in ours is nice.
    I don’t mind what group are in majority so long as they are good people but how it was historically bought about is very very troubling.
    I blame the politicians and government! It could not have happened except through them.
    And typically, they release the data to make it our problem in preparation to suck more money off us again (and agin) (and again)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. bulwark says:

    More than half of the student population of our public schools from families, 40% of whom are inelegible to vote? That’s ineligible for whatever reason, not just unregistered.

    Since we’re no longer talking about a minority group (disadvantaged majority?), our only hope is that the family culture these kids come from puts a strong value on education.

    As our leader says, “We’re a nation of immigrants.” Maybe so, but there is much about this that is just plain wrong.

    If most or all of the 40% are here illegally, either make ’em legal or get them out of here. Oversimplified, I know, but the inability or unwillingness of our leaders to make the tough choces that they keep telling us about is taking us straight into the toilet.

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    • zaphod says:

      “We’re a nation of immigrants.”
      and so it is the folks living here when we arrived that are the problem then?

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      • bulwark says:

        This article is not referring to the “folks that were living here when we arrived.”
        I’m sounding the “Red Herring” alert with your comment.

        I believe this article is referring to residents of one country that have crossed a man made political border into another country illegally. Their failure to observe our laws and the failure of our own leaders to enforce them prevents these well intentioned folks from becoming part of this once great nation. That is, if they ever intended to become citizens in the first place. How can we know anything about them when they’re here illegally?

        I don’t blame people from a country that has been overridden with graft and corruption since it’s inception seeking out a safer life with more opportunity in an adjacent country. Its just that the only reason that opportunity exists here is because we observe the rule of law. Allowing hordes of illegals to reside here and doing nothing about it erodes that concept and we become more like the country that these nice people left.

        The only way that Mexico can change is if their own people choose to make that change happen. If those citizens of Mexico that would spend the same amount of energy and money on changing their own system that they spend on getting into the US illegally, I think they would get a greater return on long range investment in their own nation.

        This entire argument is not about race…..it’s about politics.

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  4. Cindy says:

    Yeah and they didn’t tell us what percentage get the free meals and have parents that contribute nothing to the cost of their so called FREE educations or how many attend special social study classes for Latino’s / Hispanic’s (they say anyone can attend but those classes are taught in Spanish only) where they are taught racism , to hate all white people and that CA, AZ, TX, NM etc belongs to them and them only.

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    • ThomasPaine says:

      You never fail to disappoint you simplistic lying ….

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