DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A U.S. Census report out Thursday shows the changing make up of our nation.
For the first time ever, most newborns in the United States are minorities. Non-Hispanic whites still hold the lead, over any other individual racial group, with 49.6 percent of all births.
Collectively, though, minority groups have finally tipped the scales. The U.S. Census reports Hispanics and Asians have seen the biggest increases in population.
At the Dallas Independent School District, the report comes as no surprise. Ninety-five percent of its students are minorities. About two-thirds of students are Hispanic.
“It’s been a dramatic shift,” said Hector Flores, the executive director for the Association of Hispanic School Administrators. ”The objective should be for public policy makers to think about how we’re going to educate the children that will be the workforce of the future.”
Flores, has urged the state government to better fund public schools to close the education gap minorities face. Minorities appear more likely to drop out of high school and less likely to make it through college.
Flores, though, believes there are solutions, like providing better programs for students who aren’t proficient in English and creating a more diverse leadership within the district to reflect its student populations.
“We want to make sure these kids get all the education they can,” he said. “It enhances the local quality of life in communities when you have an educated electorate – an educated population. It’s to the benefit of America and everyone.”