VIEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY
Washington has experienced a large increase in the population of students of color in recent years. According to a 2000 report from the Northwest Regional Educational Lab (NWREL) titled, The UNITY PROJECT: Creating a Circle of Awareness, the percent of students of color in 1980 was 12 percent. In 1998, the percent had jumped to 23 and, in 2004, students of color made up 28.6 percent of the student population of Washington. In 2000, 34 percent of Hispanic children and 24 percent of Asian children were living in households where English was not the primary language. A large proportion of children of color live in households that have less income, less education, less access to adequate housing and health care, and, in general, fewer advantages of all kinds than do white children.
"The Community Outreach Demonstration Project “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”,"
Journal of Educational Controversy: Vol. 2
, Article 16.
Available at: http://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/vol2/iss1/16