Students fleeing Hurricane Maria devastation mean challenges for Massachusetts schools, study says
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Massachusetts has the fifth-highest concentration of Puerto Rican families in the country, and those families are largely clustered in five cities -- Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield and Worcester.
In Holyoke, around 18,000 people, or nearly half the city's population, are Puerto Rican. In Springfield, over 35 percent of the population is Puerto Rican.
Puerto Ricans in Massachusetts already face higher rates of poverty than the general population and lower rates of educational attainment, according to the study. The Puerto Rican community is also younger than the general population, meaning there are more school-age children. The vast majority of those children attend public schools.
This demographic research was done by the Institute's Economic & Public Policy Research group. Learn more about their work.
November 10, 2017