A recent report indicated that the US public schools will have "more minority students than non-Hispanic whites."
A case study conducted in Jane Cornell's summer school classroom suggested that more grade-schoolers who are attending the institution come from Spanish-talking households. Signs outside the classroom read "welcome" and "bienvenidos," suggesting that they are recognizing the need to cater the language differences.
Although non-hispanic white students still make up the racial majority group in the U.S. public schools by 49.8 percent, when one has to add the entirety of the minority populace, they will ultimately dominate the pie chart.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a quarter of the minority students are comprised of Hispanics, 15 percent of which are black and 5 percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders. Biracial students and Native Americans also make up for the minority student population.
The situation may cause issues.
There's the need for change of school lunch menus to better cater the varying languages. There is also racial tension among students, in some cases.
Furthermore, some parents of white students preferred to enroll their children to private schools after finding out that the public classrooms were so diverse in terms of race and ethnicity.
The sudden change of demographics in Pennsylvania was brought by the surge of Hispanics migrating from Mexico and other countries in order to work on the mushroom farms.
Superintendent Barry Tomasetti of Pennsylvania's Kennett Consolidated School District expressed his leniency towards the issue as the goal after all is for the kids to succeed.
Patricia Gandara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, recognized that beside the changes that are to be made on the school system, the children's basic needs like "nutrition and health and safety, and the instability of the homes" must also be addressed.