Number of the Day: 47.2%

NJ Spotlight News | July 14, 2010

If the public school system is any indication, New Jersey is truly a multicultural state. Fully 47.2 percent of the kids in the school system are members of an ethnic or racial minority, according to statistics recently released by the Department of Education. Of the 1,383,705 children enrolled in public schools in the 2009-2010 school year, 52.8 percent were classified as white. The largest minority group was Hispanic, with 20.6 percent, followed by a 17 percent black population. Asians made up the third-largest group at 8.5 percent. The statistics also show that more boys than girls were enrolled (in every ethnic group), with an overall 51 percent versus 49 percent.