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    Latino kids now majority in CA. public schools

    Latino kids now majority in state's public schools
    Will Kane, Chronicle Staff Writer

    San Francisco Chronicle November 13, 2010 04:00 AM Copyright San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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    Latinos now make up a majority of California's public school students, cracking the 50 percent barrier for the first time in the state's history, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Education.

    Almost 50.4 percent of the state's students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year.

    In comparison, 27 percent of California's 6.2 million students identified themselves as white, 9 percent as Asian and 7 percent as black. Students calling themselves Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American or other total almost 7 percent.

    While the result was no surprise to educators, experts say the shift underscores the huge impact Latinos already have on California's politics, economy and school system.

    That influence will only grow as Latino parents - now in the majority - realize many of the schools their children attend are underfunded, said Bruce Fuller, a professor of education and public policy at UC Berkeley.

    "It turns upside down how we think about California students," he said.

    "A lot depends on the extent to which Latino parents come together and organize," Fuller added. "These are parents who historically have not had much political power. But as they are coming together and feeling their oats, they may organize around education."

    Corresponding growth
    It's no surprise that Latinos make up the new majority in California schools, considering that their numbers have grown by leaps and bounds in recent decades. In 2009, Latinos made up 37 percent of the state's population, a number that continues to increase, according to the California Department of Finance.

    But their electoral sway has not grown by similar amounts, because almost 40 percent of adult Latinos in California are ineligible to vote, said Lisa Garcia Bedolla, an associate professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education.

    The challenge, she said, is finding ways to get Latino parents involved in schools when they cannot vote for members of their local school board.

    "How do we come up with constructive ways to do that, considering the limitations on how these parents can participate? That's the question from here," she said.

    In San Francisco, where an estimated one-third of public school students have a parent who was not born in this country, voters were asked this month to allow noncitizens to vote in school board elections. While Proposition D lost, 45 to 55 percent, the support the ballot measure received from civic leaders showed the growing concern about the role of immigrant parents in local schools.

    Electoral clout
    While underrepresented on the voting rolls, Latino voters are an increasingly important factor in California elections.

    In this month's gubernatorial election, Republican candidate Meg Whitman's firing of an undocumented immigrant housekeeper who worked for her for nine years, and her handling of the controversy after the employment was disclosed, was seen as damaging her standing among Latinos and hurting her at the polls.

    In that election, 16 percent of likely voters were expected to be Latino, according to a Field Poll released the day of the election. Latinos now make up 22 percent of the state's registered voters, according to the same survey.

    California schools need to do a better job of reaching out to that increasing number of Latino students, said David Gomez, president of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators and a school superintendent in Ventura County.

    Everybody bilingual?
    Nearly 1.5 million students are English language learners, but many more still struggle in the classroom with difficult, subject-specific terms, he said.

    "For example, if you are studying social science, understanding words like 'justice' and 'beauty' can be difficult," he said. "In math, it can be even harder."

    Fuller, the UC Berkeley professor, suggested state educators look at language education in an entirely new way.

    "If the majority of the population is becoming bilingual," he said, referring to the growing Latino population learning English, "why shouldn't the white minority also become bilingual?"

    Latino students by the numbers
    Hispanic or Latino students now make up a majority of public school students in California. Here is the statewide breakdown compared with major Bay Area school districts.

    Statewide West Contra Costa Unified San Francisco Unified Oakland Unified
    Total students 6,191,655 30,087 55,140 46,099
    Hispanic or Latino 3.1 million 14,508 13,078 17,954
    White 1.7 million 3,493 5,924 3,442
    Asian 526,878 3,210 22,326 6,135
    Black 424,518 6,824 6,046 15,033
    Other 335,173 1,996 5,235 1,758
    Not reported 112,408 56 2,531 1,777

    The full report can be found at the California Department of Education website at sfgate.com/ZEFD.

    Statewide

    Total students 6,191,655
    Hispanic or Latino 3.1 million
    White 1.7 million
    Asian 526,878
    Black 424,518
    Other 335,173
    Not reported 112,408

    West Contra Costa Unified

    Total: 30,087
    Hispanic: 14,508
    White: 3,493
    Asian: 3,210
    Black: 6,824
    Other: 1,996
    Not reported: 56

    San Francisco Unified

    Total 55,140
    Hispanic 13,078
    White 5,924
    Asian 22,326
    Black 6,046
    Other 5,235
    Not reported 2,531

    Oakland Unified

    Total 46,099
    Hispanic 17,954
    White 3,442
    Asian 6,135
    Black 15,033
    Other 1,758
    Not reported



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    The challenge, she said, is finding ways to get Latino parents involved in schools when they cannot vote for members of their local school board.
    Aaah yes, that little illegality thingy called illegal aliens. Well, guess what? Those parents who can't vote for local school board members in California are going to be deported and their children removed from the country with them and returned to their land of citizenship where they CAN vote for their school board members.

    Oh yes, illegal aiens are going home; federal taxpayers are going to demand legislation that bars all federal monies being spent on people in our country in violation of US law or the outcropping of violating US law.

    Oh yessirree, if you think Americans are going to turn their public schools over to foreign nationals in California or anywhere else in the United States, then you need to take 2 aspirin and THINK AGAIN.

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    This must be the new definition of diversity they were hoping to achieve.

    Almost 50.4 percent of the state's students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year.

    In comparison, 27 percent of California's 6.2 million students identified themselves as white, 9 percent as Asian and 7 percent as black. Students calling themselves Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American or other total almost 7 percent.


    Is CA now officially doomed? Even if illegal immigration were stopped today, these illegal invaders and anchor babies will go on to multiply carelessly. How does this trend reverse itself?
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    NOTE: LOS ANGELES SAT SCORES ARE THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY!
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    March 29, 2006
    Illegals To Americans: We Hate America

    It's hard to imagine that the schoolchildren who engaged in a pro-illegal immigration rally yesterday helped their cause much, except to harden the polarization already felt on both sides of the issue. While our politicians in Washington talked about how the illegals came to the US to enjoy the American dream, their actions speak much more towards the reconquista that, as Michelle Malkin has written, lies at the heart of the triumphalism that they now espouse. The Los Angeles area school districts allowed 22,000 students to protest border security and the enforcement of immigration law

    That is a Mexican flag over an upside-down American flag on the flagpole behind the students that raised them. Note the display of unbridled patriotism of these American students -- for Mexico.

    Of course, the schools themselves see it differently. They say that the Mexican flag doesn't demonstrate disloyalty to the US, but rather allows the students to show "unity":

    But UC Irvine professor Frank Bean said the flag doesn't signify loyalty to Mexico but rather loyalty to one another.

    "They are saying, 'We are together in fighting against these people who are trying to make felons out of us,' " said Bean, co-director of UC Irvine's Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy.

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    The gaul of people who shouldn't even BE here and children who shouldn't be in our schools to DARE complain that OUR schools are underfunded !!!

    maybe the schools wouldn't be underfunded if we didn't have so many illegal children to educate!!!!

    insane!!! and it's our children who suffer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAPPY2BME
    NOTE: LOS ANGELES SAT SCORES ARE THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY!
    This is exactly what white hater Tim Wise from the Daily Kos wants!! What a crazy Commie he is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoBueno
    Is CA now officially doomed? Even if illegal immigration were stopped today, these illegal invaders and anchor babies will go on to multiply carelessly. How does this trend reverse itself?
    The only way to save California is if the Feds deported all the illegals and their anchors.
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