Latinos now make up a majority of California's public school students, cracking the 50 percent barrier for the first time in the state's history, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Education.
Almost 50.4 percent of the state's students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year.
In comparison, 27 percent of California's 6.2 million students identified themselves as white, 9 percent as Asian and 7 percent as black. Students calling themselves Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American or other total almost 7 percent.
The full report can be found at the California Department of Education website at sfgate.com/ZEFD.
Total students 6,191,655 Hispanic or Latino 3.1 million White 1.7 million Asian 526,878 Black 424,518 Other 335,173 Not reported 112,408
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