• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 29s

Minority students expected to become majority this fall

By Alexis Fernandez 8:06 PM August 26, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

For the first time in the country’s history, minority students are expected to become the majority in public schools this fall, according to the the National Center for Education Statistics.

It’s a shift not only happening in the Lower 48, but also right here in Anchorage.

To get a sense of the transformation happening across U.S. public schools, you don’t have to look far — just walk the halls of East Anchorage High School.

“To see the evolutionary process, it really is amazing to see how we can merge together,” said East High Principal Sam Spinella.

Spinella has been witnessing this shift for more than a decade.

“I wish I knew what it was that just made it happen; I don’t know that we can really put our finger on it,” he said.

With 2,200 students, East High is considered one of the most diverse schools in the country. Minorities make up 78 percent of its student population — the Asian community being the largest. The white population makes up the remaining 22 percent. Across the district, minorities make up 56 percent.

“There’s uniqueness within that, and to recognize uniqueness of each of us is a valuable aspect in developing a community,” Spinella said.

Spinella says all the diversity is good thing.

“It provides our kids with the learning process where they learn to get along with each other, they learn that different is OK, that diversity is OK, and they’re acceptable,” he said.

After all, he says, we are the great American melting pot.

The remaining diverse schools can be found in Hawaii, California and Washington state.

Latest Stories

  • Politics

    Panel pitches plan to eliminate cashable oil tax credits

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 21:51

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska Senate committee has proposed eliminating cash credits for oil and gas companies that lawmakers have increasingly come to see as unaffordable. The proposal doesn’t delve as deeply into oil tax policy as the version that passed the House. But the Alaska Oil and Gas Association says an initial review […]

  • Ex-‘Deadliest Catch’ star arrested on drug charges

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 21:47

    PHOENIX (AP) – A former reality television star has been arrested in Phoenix for alleged vehicle theft and drug possession. Phoenix police say 31-year-old Jacob Harris was released on his own recognizance Monday after his initial court appearance. He faces a May 5 status conference. Harris was on Discovery channel’s “Deadliest Catch” series. According to […]

  • We may be underestimating whale-boat collisions

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 21:34

    PORTLAND, Maine — A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. The scientists focused on the humpback whale population in the southern Gulf of Maine, a body of water off of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. They found that […]

  • Man gets 4 years in Anchorage bank robbery

    by KTVA Web Staff on Apr 24, 21:25

    An Anchorage man has been sentenced to serve four years behind bars following a conviction for a 2016 bank robbery. Scott Hartvig McDowell, 49, was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of supervised release in connection with the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union robbery that occurred on August 2, 2016. McDowell presented […]

  • News

    Aurora watchers spot something new in night sky

    by CBS News on Apr 24, 21:00

    Citizen scientists looking at the northern lights appear to have stumbled upon a new natural phenomenon. Members of the Facebook group Alberta Aurora Chasers posted photos of a mysterious purple streak cutting through the night’s sky. In their early posts, the group’s members referred to the streak of purple light as a “proton arc” — […]

  • Juneau playground fire ‘possibly arson’

    by KTVA Web Staff on Apr 24, 20:52

    A fire broke out Monday evening at a popular child’s playground in Juneau. The Twin Lakes playground went up in flames in the 5 o’clock hour Monday evening, and the $250,000-worth of playground equipment is a total loss. No injuries were reported, according to Capital City Fire and Rescue. The Fire Marshal is investigating the […]

  • News

    Alaskans might need passport for flights, military base access

    by Liz Raines on Apr 24, 19:38

    If state lawmakers don’t pass new legislation soon, Alaskans may not be able to use their  State of Alaska driver’s license to fly or access military bases.  That’s because of the Real ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, designed to create minimum security standards for all state ID cards nationwide. Now, 12 years later, the […]

  • News

    Crowd packs 4th Avenue Theater meeting

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 24, 17:49

    Meetings of the State’s Historic Preservation Commission don’t always draw big crowds, but on Monday morning, the room was packed. People came to testify before the Commission as to why they believed Anchorage’s 4th Avenue Theater should be designated a historic monument by the state. Judy Bittner, chair of the commission, said the hearing was […]