About a quarter of Winston-Salem children speak Spanish at home, census survey finds

About a quarter of Winston-Salem children speak Spanish at home, census survey finds

8:00am Dec 27, 2021
Downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photo courtesy indy beetle, creative commons. shorturl.at/npKV1 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

About 11 percent of Winston-Salem adults speak Spanish at home. But the number could be on the rise because it’s much higher for children. Census figures indicate about one in four kids in the city are Spanish speakers. That's about double the statewide number.

That presents a unique challenge for educators: providing information in accessible ways for students who come from an increasingly diverse background. 

In 2019, Gov. Roy Cooper established a task force called “Developing a Representative & Inclusive Vision for Education,” or DRIVE. The focus of the group is to develop a diverse educational landscape for students. 

In a report issued earlier this year, DRIVE detailed 10 recommendations to reach that goal.

They include boosting financial support for aspiring minority teachers and creating a network for educators of color.

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