Local school districts have become significantly more diverse over the last 20-plus years, thanks mainly to an increase in Hispanic students.
The Washington Post recently crunched the numbers for all U.S. school districts, comparing enrollment in 1995 and 2017.
Looking at local numbers, a common pattern is a white population in 1995 dropping significantly, often around 15 points or so, with the largest increase found in the Hispanic population, and more modest increases in other groups. No local district we looked had a higher overall enrollment in 2017 than 1995, and none saw an increase in the share of the white population or decrease in the share of the Hispanic population.
The multiracial student population, now a significant group across all local districts, wasn’t measured in 1995.
Here are the numbers for some local districts: