“Over the past few years, Kansas schools have experienced a dramatic increase in the number of non-native speakers of English. In the 2008-2009 school year, there were over 37,000 English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolled in Kansas public schools, grades K-12. This number has increased dramatically since the 1992-1993 school year, which was the first year that Kansas provided State ESOL/Bilingual funding to school districts that meet State ESOL/Bilingual Program Requirements for programs that serve ELL students.” http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=355
This Kansas Department of Education document (Yearly Totals) shows that between the school years of 1992-1993 and 2009-2010 the total enrolled Kansas K-12 students increased from 102,984 to 486,371 or an increase of 472.3%. Of the total, the Hispanic K-12 students increased from 3,771 to 71,701 or an increase of 1,901.4%. During this time period, the Hispanic K-12 student population grew at a rate 402.5% above the rate of the state totals.
|Total K-12||Hispanic K-12|
During the 17 years measured, the overall Kansas total K-12 students actually decreased 8 years or nearly half. The 2009 data remains less than the 2000 data. The Hispanic K-12 student count increased every year. (NOlathe Note: The raw data from school years 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 is suspect. The significant changes in data and simple math errors cause suspicion. The data was included with the assumption that errors affected both sets of data equally.)
With fewer Kansas total students in 2009 than in 2000, maybe we should compare the budgets?
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