Monday, July 14, 2014

Hispanic student population growing in Kansas | Kansas First News

Hispanic student population growing in Kansas | Kansas First News: Kansas public schools are about to get a lot more crowded. A new report shows that school enrollment will reach more than 500,000 students soon, and the Hispanic population is booming.

The Hispanic student population has grown 400% in the past 20 years. In Topeka Public Schools? Nearly one-in-three of all student bodies are now Hispanic.

“We could be seeing a record number of students in Kansas,” said Ted Carter, Research specialist for the Kansas Association of School Boards.

The Kansas Association of School Boards says this first ever look at the growth of minority students in the state’s public schools is an eye-opener. One of the major finds? The growth in the number of Hispanic students since the 1990s, 400%.

“Probably the largest growing group out of all the minorities that we have in our school district,” said Aaron Kipp, the Director of Demographics for USD 501.