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Hispanic enrollment in schools, colleges rising

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) - Census figures released Thursday point to a major ethnic shift in America's school kids.

About one-fourth of all kindergartners are now Hispanic. And by the year 2023, minority youngsters will constitute the majority.

That has broad implications for how the country handles issues ranging from immigration to jobs and education.

The change has been most noticeable in the West. Arizona, California and Nevada are among states whose Hispanic populations are booming because of immigration and higher birth rates. More than a-third of youngsters in the region, all the way from kindergarten through high school, are Hispanic

Nationwide, Hispanics, blacks, Asian-Americans and other minorities account for four of every 10 students at the pre-college level. That's double the percentage from just 30 years ago.

And considering the overall U.S. population, the census figures project today's minorities will be the majority by 2042.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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