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Latinos make up more than half of California's students; should this milestone bring changes?

November 13, 2010 |  8:41 am

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Latinos for the first time make up more than half of California's students.

TalkbackAs The Times' Howard Blume reported, state numbers show an overall enrollment decline, down about 22,000 students from last year to 6.1 million this year. The current figures mark the sixth consecutive year of lower enrollment. Latinos now account for 50.4% of students, an increase of 1.4% over last year. (The Orange County Register has a breakdown by district in Orange County).

New federal regulations have added a multiple-race category, and 96,796 students classified themselves as such, or about 1.6% of the total.

California has now reached a milestone that the L.A. Unified School District reached some time ago. What do you think about the numbers and how should they impact the way students are taught? Share your views below.

Photo: Don Barletti / L.A. Times

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