Clark County School District enrollment grows, with Hispanics leading the trend

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

They’re called a minority, but Friday showed that Hispanics are anything but in the nation’s fifth-largest school district.

In this school year’s official head count, which took place that day, Hispanic students outnumbered any two other ethnicities combined in the Clark County School District. Their numbers are rising at twice the rate that the Caucasian student population is declining.

This comes as the district reports a record enrollment of 315,087 students, marking a 3,658-student increase, or 1 percent, over last year’s preliminary count of 311,429.

The Nevada Department of Education verifies the district’s head count before providing funding. It reported late Tuesday that its audit – also preliminary – showed enrollment in Clark County public schools was at 314,956 students. That’s a little less than the district’s count, but still marks a record and shows about 2,200 more students than district officials had expected.

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