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.