Opinion: Calif. economy depends on Latino schooling


By Rob Lapsley, Sacramento Bee

Latinos are now the largest ethnic group in California and will continue growing. Half of all children under 18 in California are Latino.

The demographic change impacts just about every aspect of our society, none more critically than our economy. With this young and growing population, California has a consumer market and workforce rivaled only by entire nations.

The future of California’s economy will be determined by how well we educate our Latino population and develop our workforce. It’s not just a matter of preparing our workforce. We are also concerned about creating a two-tier economy, or a two-class California that will threaten our prosperity.

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  1. Dogula says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    Gee, how did California ever survive or thrive before??
    Why not just say we need to be sure our YOUTH are educated? Why does the left insist on separating people by race or by class every single chance it gets?
    Who ARE the racists in this society? Socialists separate people into groups. Libertarians believe in the sovreignty of the individual.

  2. Perry R. Obray says - Posted: June 8, 2015 shows Bijou elementary with a D rating, lowest performing elementary school in the district.
    I guess they are counting on excelling at professional soccer players.

  3. cranky Gerald says - Posted: June 8, 2015


    The solution to all problems does not lie in your favored political arenas. Of course we should educate all our youth, but all our youth are not at the same degree of preparedness. This is the point, not that they are being grouped by class etc.

    The Latino population discussed has a significant number of kids who didn’t get a good start in school due to various circumstances beyond their or their parents control. The language issue alone causes some problems with education. These kids are just as smart as any kid the world over. Look at how quickly they become functionally bilingual when given the chance. (A much higher proportion than non-latino kids for sure)
    It has nothing to do with ethnicity except for the fact of the large number, pushing half of our entire population.

    It doesn’t matter if you are a Dem, a repub, a libertarian, left wing, right wing, atheist or religious nutcase….the situation described in the article is one which must be resolved for the good of all of us.

  4. Old Long Skiis says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    Perry, Do not run down Bijou Elementary! I was not a Bijou Bobcatfor all those years for nothing! Did not play soccer but I was in little league where the field is still in good shape over behind the Intermediate school.
    Race is just peoples idea of people that are different than themselves.
    We should embrace and not disgrace. OLS

  5. duke of prunes says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    Dawg: Look up the term demographics.

  6. Justice says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    The choice is for people to want to be educated or not and what the result will be for a failing state where the jobs will be no jobs from a welfare state, or low paid service jobs, or government. The flaw of this article is that it is not “we” who must do anything that personal choice requires, to be successful or not. This really boils down to a problem of integration, education, and the simple example of the problem of the open borders and unenforced laws. This idea of a disparity and two classes of people in the state has rapidly become true if not already over. The middle class is disappearing faster in this state than any other while at the same time the poverty rate is rising rapidly. There are consequences to inaction and laws being subjective as seen by senile Jerry ignoring the laws and even the state passing a bill to fund health care at what will be easily a billion a year for people illegally in the country. Meanwhile, the taxpayers are leaving and being replaced by a rapidly growing underclass that will require more and more government services and the cycle doesn’t end well for a state that will bankrupt.

  7. Kits Carson says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    Are you kidding? Cali-lib-Mexico’s economy is NOW dependent on Latinos??? AND we need to educate them?? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised as Moonbutt INVITES all ILLEGALS to cross the border ILLEGALLY….and have LEGAL Americans working to support this idiocy.

    Jerry Moonbutt sees the lawlessness in Washington spearheaded by BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA (nothing American about THAT name). Latino’s or any other illegal here will get FREE education thanks to the working class TAX payers. Free, free everything if you are a minority, and ILLEGAL, (last I saw Whites were now minorities but we get no discounts). This country and it’s retarded leaders want nothing more than uneducated and ill informed morons voting for them. We are nothing more than the JOKES of jokes in this. Pathetic.

  8. Tahoser says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    so, the guy in the picture is working on an extra credit assignment on the final day of his chicano and latin studies course? Looks to me like he is checking his phone and playing guitar while yucking it up with his buddy! This kind of education (?) should benefit him well…..and the future of our economy will depend on how well “we” educate “our” Latino population? I’m glad that I’ll retire soon and move out of the state!

  9. duke of prunes says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    ‘We are nothing more than the JOKES of jokes in this’
    Speak for yourself.
    The rampant xenophobia is disappointing. Good to know you people exist I guess.

  10. Mr mustache says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    Kits Carson if you don’t like our country move. We will do just fine without nut cases like yourself.

  11. Kits Carson says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    This is MY country…I was born here. But I see it falling because of the likes of you…..and this pathetic state. Roll over and close your eyes. Let EVERYONE IN with no regards to America’s safety….lest we offend a terrorist or the like. Spineless.

  12. business owner says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    My wife and I are both from hispanic descent but we are effing AMERICAN! You pig headed morons are allowing people here that give a rats ass about our ways and what made us exceptional. Come in the front door or stay home. Thank you Kit…screw you duke and mustache

  13. duke of prunes says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    Name calling and wild accusations.
    Right wing is well represented today.

  14. business owner says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    Well duke..if loving your country and watching in dismay as leftist socialists like you tear it down is considered right wing….SIGN ME UP!!! These days though its more like libertarian cause the rinos are lefty traitors too. And what “wild accusations” are you referring too?

  15. Businessowner1 says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    So much fail in this thread I don’t even know where to start. I hope I never ever run into any of you in person.

    Radical Right and Left people suck.

  16. duke of prunes says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    ‘You pig headed morons are allowing people here (blah blah blah)’. The word ‘you’ implies that it is someone here, which is insane.
    More name calling with the socialist nonsense in a highly illogical if statement. I didn’t think the other comment about terrorism could be topped but you jumped the shark jumper.
    What was that you said somewhere else about banning stupid people?
    I don’t know about the logistics of that but its worth a try I guess. You didn’t really think that through.
    Someone needs to save us all some time and bring up nazis in a flawed analogy and we can call it a day.

  17. Hmmm... says - Posted: June 8, 2015

    Wow…So much for the melting pot theory!

  18. business owner says - Posted: June 9, 2015

    So duke you think i am stupid for wanting people to come into this country legally and adopt our language and way of life. I think you are stupid because you dont want to enforce laws on the books and at the same time come up with new ones. Seems we arent going to agree. You love govt telling you what to do, i cant stand it. And the name calling? If you are a pig headed moron and that offends you, well? Dont act so high and mighty, name calling at people who dont tow your party line is your specialty.

    The fact is, if we keep pissing on the hard working citizens of this country there will be noone to pay for the lazy, let alone the good folks who actually need help. If mexico or wherever else people are running from is so horrible why do they try to make america like the place they ran from?

  19. Mr mustache says - Posted: June 9, 2015

    Business owner. I was on YOUR side. I’m hoping I never patronize your business because you aren’t too bright.

  20. Hmmm... says - Posted: June 10, 2015

    Boy howdy you REALLY got to be a dumchit if a mental giant such as ‘Mr. Mustache’ thinks you’re dumb!