The Washington Post reports that public school enrollment across the country will hit a record high this year with just under 50 million students, and the student population is becoming more diverse in large part because of growth in the Latino population, a new federal report says. Nationwide, about 20 percent of students were Hispanic in 2006, the latest year for which figures were available for ethnic groups, up from 11 percent in the late 1980s. Overall, about 43 percent of the nation’s students are minorities, according to the Condition of Education, a congressionally mandated annual look at enrollment and performance trends in schools and colleges. Educators and activists, pointing to the shifting demographics, say it is becoming urgent to find ways to boost achievement of minority and low-income students, who often lag behind white and middle- to upper-income peers…

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