Education - Public School Outcomes, Reforming The Public School System, Minorities And College

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In The Condition of Education, 2005 (2005, http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2005/2005094.pdf), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that two factors—rising immigration and the baby boom echo—boosted public school enrollment from the latter part of the 1980s and into the first half of the 2000s, reaching an estimated 48.3 million in 2004. Enrollment is projected to continue to increase to an all-time high of fifty million in 2014. Along with this increase in enrollment came an increase in the proportion of public school students who were considered to be part of a minority group, due largely to the growth in the Hispanic public school population. The NCES also reports that 41.7% of public school students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade in the fall of 2003 belonged to a minority group. Hispanics (18.6%) and African-Americans (16.1%) accounted for the largest number of minority students in public schools. These figures represented a significant increase since the early 1970s, when white students made up 77.8% and minority students only 22.2% of the public school population. (See Table 3.1.)

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