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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- New enrollment data shows the number of minority students rapidly rising in Utah public schools.
Data from the Utah Office of Education for the 2008-09 school year show overall enrollment grew by 2.5 percent statewide to 551,013 students -- a number that matches statewide enrollment projections.
Minority enrollment rose by 5.8 percent to 113,066 students statewide. Utah's largest minority group, Latinos, represent about 14.4 percent of public school students this year.
District officials statewide say they're working to make sure programs to serve minority students are in place.
Granite School District Superintendent Martin Bates says he encourages parents to join the PTA and a district family literacy center helps families who are still learning English.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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