White students are no longer a majority in American public schools. This fall, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites enrolled. The shift is largely due to a growth in the number of Hispanic children.
This year, non-Hispanic white students will still be the largest racial group in schools, but when minority groups are added together, they will make up the majority, the National Center for Education Services says.
“About 25 percent of minority students are Hispanics, 15 percent black and five percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders. Biracial students and Native Americans make up a smaller share of the minority student population,” the AP reports.