A Once Nearly All-White School District Has a New Largest Group: Hispanic Students

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Media Outlet: Washington Post

Conor Williams was quoted in the Washington Post about about the changing demographics of Montgomery County: 

As the county has grown more diverse, not all of its schools have changed in the same way. Some elementary schools were more than 70 percent Hispanic last year, for example; others were less than 10 percent.
Conor Williams, a senior researcher at New America, a D.C. think tank, called the increasing Hispanic enrollment “a wonderful opportunity” to expand dual-language immersion programs that use students’ home languages to help teach their peers. Such programs have been successful across the country, he said.
“They often can help privileged families be more enthusiastic about integrating their schools,” Williams said.

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Conor P. Williams is a senior researcher in New America's Education Policy Program. His work addresses policies and practices related to educational equity, dual language learners, immigration, and school choice.