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 www.sfgate.com/ZEFD

Statewide

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

 

E-mail Will Kane at wkane@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page A – 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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