For the first time ever, non-white students will dominate America’s public school system. According to a new report, although 62 percent of the total US population was classified as non-Hispanic white in 2013, this fall the public schools will have a very different racial makeup.
A National Center for Education (NCES) report found that minorities—Hispanics, Asians, African American, Native Americans, and multiracial individuals—will comprise 50.3 percent of public school students. When examining the numbers by grade levels, minorities will total 51 percent of pre-kindergarteners to 8th graders and 48 percent of 9th to 12th graders.
This shift was inevitable as there has been a population growth of US-born Hispanics and Asians. In fact, between 2012 and 2013, the Hispanic population increased by 2.1 percent and the Asian population grew by 2.9 percent. As such, Hispanic students will jump by 33 percent, Asian/Pacific Islanders by 20 percent, multiracial students by 44 percent, and African-Americans by two percent between 2011 and 2022. On the other hand, Caucasians are expected to drop by six percent.
Unfortunately, despite an increase in a minority school body there is still a quality of education gap. “Hispanic, black, and Native American students tend to academically fall behind their White and Asian counterparts. And Hispanic and black students tend to live and attend schools in areas of greater poverty than whites,” reports Quartz.
As we reported, not only is the quality of education lower in schools dominated by minorities, but minority students receive greater disciplinary actions against them than Whites, have fewer resources, and most often have less-experienced teachers. And the racial disparities start as early as pre-school.