By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 03/25/2011 - 11:49
Nearly a quarter of the nation’s kids are Latino, according to census figures released Thursday. Latino kids number just over 17 million, or 23 percent of the 17-and-under U.S. population—a 39 percent increase since 2000.
With birth rates among whites and blacks down, the country’s future is looking increasingly brown. In at least one area—education—that poses a big challenge, given that half of Latino kids don’t graduate high school.