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Early Results: Common Core Isn’t Helping Latino Kids

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As the new school year ramps up across the country, data from the only two states offering Common Core testing is beginning to come in, and the results indicate that Latinos still aren’t scoring highly.

Latinos lag behind Asian and white students in New York, two years into the state’s rollout of the Common Core State Standards, according to test results released this month. Kentucky’s results for the 2013-2014 school year are expected in the fall, but for the last two years there has been a consistent gap between ethnicities.

The Common Core State Standards are a set of learning criteria that states have adopted. The standardized, end-of-year tests for which the results are being released measure mastery of those standards.

Proponents of the reforms say the uniform goals for students across the country would require all schools, even those that perform poorly and have a largely underserved population, to …

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The Changing Face Of Our Public Schools

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A milestone is expected to be reached this fall when minorities outnumber whites among the nation’s public school students for the first time, U.S. Department of Education projections show. This is due largely to fast growth in the number of Hispanic and Asian school-age children born in the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data.

A steady demographic change over the years has resulted in a decline in the number of whites in classrooms even as the total number of public school students has increased. In 1997, the U.S. had 46.1 million public school students, of which 63.4% were white. While whites will still outnumber any single racial or ethnic group this fall, their overall share of the nation’s 50 million public school students is projected to drop to 49.7%. Since 1997, the number of white students has declined by 15%, …

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Why Is There A Lack of Latinos In Veterinary Medicine?


AUSTIN — Nudged by a father who trained racehorses, Dr. Orlando Garza set off to study veterinary medicine in College Station 35 years ago. Dr. Garza, who now owns an animal hospital in his hometown El Paso, remembers being the sole Hispanic student in the veterinary program at Texas A&M University.

“There were no Hispanics whatsoever,” said Dr. Garza, 57. “I was the only one.”

Decades later, the profession remains one where few Hispanics have applied. He was one of 84 Hispanic veterinarians in Texas in 2010, making up less than 2 percent of the state’s 5,728 veterinarians, according to the 2014 book Changing Texas, whose lead author, Steve H. Murdock, is the former state demographer. (Mr. Murdock has been a donor to The Texas Tribune.)

With a population that is 38 percent Hispanic, the state would have needed 2,154 Hispanic veterinarians in 2010 — more than 25 …

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