The Changing Demographics of America's Schools

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New Faces, New Challenges
This school year, America's schools are projected to reach a demographic milestone: For the first time, a majority of students in K-12 schools will be children of color. This special story package examines what that means for educators, students, and the school community.

U.S. School Enrollment Hits Majority-Minority Milestone

For the first time, the overall number of Latino, African-American, and Asian students in public K-12 schools is expected to surpass the number of white students.

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Timeline: Marking Demographic Changes

View Timeline The demographic transformation of American classrooms was not unexpected.

Q&A: An Arkansas District's Response

Listen A superintendent shares lessons from his district’s transition.

Inside a School With No Racial Majority

Hear what school administrators, teachers, and students at a Georgia middle school have to say about the school’s diverse population.


Opinion Roundtable: Changing Demographics

View Posts Musings on the changing make-up of the American classroom from Matthew Chingos, Darnell Fine, and Ray Salazar.

Infographics: A New Majority in K-12

See Infographics A graphical look at the growth of nonwhite students in the nation and select districts.

New Faces, New Challenges, Your Thoughts

If this demographic transition has already occurred, or is occurring, in your school, we want to hear from you. Please send us stories, anecdotes, and reflections on how the new racial demographics are playing out in your schools and what these changes mean to you. Your input could be part of a future Education Week project on demographic changes in the nation’s schools. Submit

Vol. 34, Issue 01