In 1988, Hispanics constituted 22 percent of the public school students in Providence; the current figure is 50 percent. The percentage of non-Hispanic whites, meanwhile, dropped from 40 percent to 17 percent.
Note: In some cases, the enrollment figure at the top of each bar does not equal the total of the four racial/ethnic categories, because of rounding.
SOURCE: “Counting on Ourselves,” The Providence Plan, 1999, and the Providence schools.
A version of this article appeared in the November 08, 2000 edition of Education Week as A Changing Mix