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ERIC Number: ED456961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Latinos in the South: Education Trends and Outcomes.
Torres, Cruz C.
Latinos are moving out of historically Hispanic communities in Texas and Florida and relocating in the deep South. This demographic change can disrupt social patterns, add tension to social relations, and change the character of social institutions such as schools. Population projections indicate school enrollment for Whites will decrease and Hispanic and other minority enrollments will increase. The most significant challenge facing the Latino community is the low educational achievement level among Latinos. Over the last 2 decades, the Latino-White high school completion gap has persisted around 30 percentage points. Gaps in school completion rates between Hispanic and non-Hispanic students remain after controlling for social class, language proficiency, and immigrant status. In mathematics, science, and reading, the South places below national averages, Latinos lag behind Whites, and Southern Latinos lag even further behind. The dropout rate for Hispanics is 2.5 times the rate for Blacks and 3.5 times the rate for Whites. Changes in the level of Latino participation in the educational system will require increasing such resources as qualified teachers, facilities, and funding. In addition, changes in educators' mindset must occur to address the inequality of access and participation for Latinos. Fifteen tables and figures present demographic and educational data. (Contains 16 references, 8 figures, and 7 tables.) (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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