Hispanic population driving growth in student enrollment in Kansas

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The state of Kansas may be experiencing another “baby boom,” similar to the one after World War II that ultimately changed the fabric of American society.

But unlike the post-war boom, which was driven by soldiers returning home to a nation teeming with new economic expansion, experts say this new baby boom is being driven by something else entirely: remarkably high birth rates within one segment of the population, Hispanics.

A new study by the Kansas Association of School Boards predicts that within five years as many as 25,000 additional students will be enrolled in Kansas public schools, pushing total enrollment above 500,000 for the first time since 1970.

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