The Changing Racial Makeup of Schools
As the nation’s white population ages, the first institutions seeing the changing racial makeup of America are the schools.
Twelve states are already seeing that change occur. Reports from Illinois indicate that that state will be the first in the Midwest to be so affected. The rise in minority students in schools can potentially affect everything from how states fund education to graduation rates, test scores and the teaching staff. The state has been working to close gaps in achievement between white and minority students and has pushed for more minority teachers and bilingual teachers, among other measures, in response to the changing racial makeup of schools.