2010 Census results affecting Milford schools

Among Delaware’s youngest, minorities outnumber whites

Today, buried in a side bar of the DNJ was an article about the 2010 census whose results should be of real concern for all state agencies that support the growth of children in the first state. The 2010 census shows “Minorities — Hispanics, blacks, Asians and others — are now a majority among Delaware’s infants and toddlers age 3 and younger.” The census shows that this “demographic shift toward” minority-majority” has been building since the 1990s as white baby boomers moved out of their child-bearing years and the Hispanic and Asian populations began growing through immigration and births.” Many of the children entering our schools today have limited English skills because their parents are immigrants who are most comfortable with their native language at home, and this means that teachers face an even greater task.
The key take away from the report was stated clearly towards its end, “Because minority births are driving the rapid changes in the population, “any institution that touches or is impacted by children will be the first to feel the impact.” If you look specifically at the growth in just Milford alone the population has grown by ~42% overall, and the largest growth area was Hispanics with a jump of 154%! Because of the changes taking place in both the state and city, it is important that as a school district we make sure that we have in place the resources to handle these diverse groups. The resources to educate this diversity are not going to be found by looking backwards, but must be part of a forward thinking movement that looks at what is not only best for the student, but also the community. The districts RTTT plan, put together by the superintendent and her team, has just that type of forward thinking in its strategy, which was why it was recognized as both a top plan with the best chances for success. The best plans though are only as good as the support they receive so the district will continue to need that from the entire community.

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About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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