By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This school year, the United States is poised to begin a new era; the overall number of Latino, African-American and Asian students in public K-12 schools is expected to surpass the number of non-Hispanic whites.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer, Civilian Involved In Crash In Kingsessing, Police Say
The projection, at 50.3%, is largely driven by the growth of the Latino population, the decline of whites and a steady rise in Asian Americans, with African-American growth mostly flat.
Among the challenges for schools will be more students in poverty, more who will require English-language instruction, and developing a diverse teaching staff, now mostly white, with different life experiences.READ MORE: Philadelphia's Furry Friends Celebrate Howl-O-Ween
In an article in Education Week, the chronology of these changes is charted, explaining how laws such as the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965 were the beginning point of the demographic transformation.
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An interesting side-bar article explains how the Springdale District in Arkansas has dealt with these challenges.