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(NEWSER) – American public schools will pass a watershed this fall: For the first time, there will be more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The shift comes even as schools become more racially segregated, and leaves school systems facing issues such as integration and inequality, reports the AP. Whites will still be the largest racial group in the school system at 49.8%, but they will be collectively outnumbered by minority groups. The Census Bureau predicts that the same change will happen to the US population as a whole in 2043.

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