Iowa Education report: Minority enrollment up, total student numbers fall

Mike Wiser:

Iowa’s school population is shrinking at the same time it becomes poorer and more racially and ethnically diverse, according to an Iowa Department of Education report released Wednesday.
The Annual Condition of Education report compiles a variety of statistics from the previous school year.
Wednesday’s 209-page report shows the continuation on several trends in Iowa’s school systems across the state.
“It’s useful in many ways,” said Jay Pennington, the department’s bureau chief of information and analysis services. “It provides local districts with a way to compare themselves with others in the state and provides the public with a lot of information about their district and others.”
Highlights of the report include: