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A New Diverse Majority: Students of Color in the Souths Public Schools
Click to view the full article (PDF) This report by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) finds that the Souths public schools have a majority of students of color for the first time in history. In the school year ending 2009, African American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, American Indian, and multi-racial children constituted slightly more than half of all students attending public schools in the 15 states of the South.

This transformation establishes an important landmark in American diversity and a historic milestone for the only section of the United States where racial slavery, White supremacy, and racial segregation of schools were enforced though law and social custom for more than two-thirds of the nations history.

In 2007, SEF released its report, A New Majority: Low Income Students in the South's Public Schools , showing that low income studentschildren eligible for free or reduced lunchalso have become a majority in the Souths public schools. SEFs new report finds that the percentage of low income students in the Souths public schools has continued to increase since 2007.

As a result of these two changes in school enrollment, the South is now the first and only region in the nations history to have both a majority of low income students and a majority of students of color enrolled in public schools.

A Special Summary (4 pages) of this Report is also avaiailable here.

The full SEF report analyzes this important landmark by examining the over-arching historical, social political and demographic events of the last 140 years that established todays trend and its implications for Southern education and the Southern economy.

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