Demographic Changes and Urban Education of Racial Minority Children in Idaho

Maggie Chiang, Boise State University
Huei-Hsia Wu, Boise State University

This analysis provides a demographic profile of Idaho’s population changes between 1990 and 2004. Special attention is directed to the inter- and intra-racial/ethnic diversity, its impact and challenges on the education of immigrant children of racial/ethnic minorities. In addition, we address the importance of local communities in assisting and improving the educational attainment (e.g., reducing the high school dropout rate) of racial/ethnic minority children. Our analysis of the 1990 and 2000 Census and 2000-2004 American Community Survey data indicates that Idaho’s population growth rate ranks 4th in the U.S. since 1990, due to recent immigration. Thus, the racial and ethnic population composition has become more heterogeneous than in the past, generating numerous new challenges to the local population and social institutions in Idaho. Finally, some policy suggestions are discussed.

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Presented in Session 163: Demography and Education Policy