By Richard Bammer
California has the most diverse public school student population in the nation and it is increasingly “minority majority” in its enrollments — and increasingly Hispanic and Latino, at more than 53 percent for those two groups alone.
Under parts of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula, the state’s 1,000 school districts must devise a plan of action to meet the educational needs for each of the 6.2 million K-12 students in California, where, according to data from the 2000 Census, 60 percent of state residents speak only English, while 40 percent speak another language (either instead of, or in addition to, English).
To that end, the Solano County Office of Education has launched a “cultural proficiency” program to better serve students in an increasingly diverse county, where, essentially, the world has arrived during the better part of the last half century.