March 10th, 2009
11:04 AM ET

Census: one-fourth of all kindergartners are Hispanic

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Rob Kuznia

A new report from the U.S. Census is showing that Hispanic children now constitute a fifth of all K-12 students. It appears the trend is set to accelerate, because the younger the grade level, the higher the percentage.

Nearly a quarter of all the nation's kindergarten students are Hispanic, more than triple the rate during the 1970s, the Associated Press reported. Meanwhile, the 2007 data shows that nursery schools serving 4-year-old children are posting an even higher proportion: 53 percent, up from 21 percent in 1987, according to the report, which was released Thursday.


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soundoff (4 Responses)

    That is amazing. Pretty soon, I can call myself a minority. It will get worse. Obama will not secure the borders and maybe it will be 50% hispanic.

    March 10, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  2. GF, Los Angeles

    How many of those are legal citizens of this country? I know here in Los Angeles – not a lot. They've turned our public schools into ESL schools so that citizens have to enroll their children into a private school if they want their child to be on the same level as the rest of the country. Sad. How about writing that there's a 50% dropout rate each year in the high schools and the predominant dropouts are Hispanics?

    March 10, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  3. Mari, Salt Lake City

    First of all, Hispanics are Catholics and like to have large families. NOT ALL Hispanics are from Mexico..... not ALL are illegal.

    While White-Americans are having 2 or less children, Hispanics average 3. By mid-century Hispanics will be our largest minority, if not a majority.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  4. meenas17

    Hispanic children in Kindergarten are on the increase. What does it signify? Hispanics ,before were out of school, and now into it , as they have realised the value of education. The reason for such high density in Kindergarten, seems peculiar, and it appears that the trend is supposed to accelerate. How:?

    March 10, 2009 at 11:54 am |