Minorities Make Majorities
"But this past school year the Kent School District became the seventh Seattle-area district in which the majority of students are minorities, joining Seattle, Tukwila, Highline, Renton, Federal Way and Tacoma."
This follows an overall trend in the U.S. where minority populations will become the majority of the U.S. population by somewhere around 2040 (it had been placed earlier at about 2030 but recently got put further out).
From the article:
"With the exception of Seattle and a few small districts, all the school districts in King and Snohomish counties have a higher percentage of minority students than they did five years ago.
Tukwila, which had the highest percentage of minority students in the 2003-04 school year, has even more now — a nearly equal mix of whites, Asians, Hispanics and blacks. Earlier this year, The New York Times called it the most diverse school district in the nation.
Kent — the state's fourth-largest district — has undergone the most rapid change among Puget Sound districts, from about one-third minorities five years ago to about 51 percent this past school year.
No one tracks exactly why that's occurred, but district officials mention the efforts of area churches and businesses to bring immigrants to the area, the availability of low-cost apartments and Kent's reputation as having good schools."Two school districts have hired Hispanic superintendents, Bellevue and Kent.
This, along with the recent Supreme Court ruling on special ed students being allowed to go to private schools after they are unable to get the services they need in public schools (paid for by public schools), has tremendous implications about how services will be delivered.