The Census in Context: What You Need to Know for 2020

Did you know the census effects school funding? The 2020 census will take place this spring, and an accurate count will have a huge impact on funding and policy decisions for your school. Formulas based on census data provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually, including Title I, special education, professional development for teachers and principals, school lunch assistance, and after-school programs. Census data also determines the boundaries for 435 congressional districts and the school board that makes local decisions affecting your students every day. Unfortunately, minorities, low-income families, immigrants, and English-language learners are among the historically undercounted populations, and school leaders are well positioned to be advocates for these students.

Principals are some of the most trusted leaders in their communities, as recently identified by the Pew Research Center. Now, we need your help to ensure an accurate census count in 2020. During this free virtual event, learn from census experts and principals about how the census affects school funding, and strategies you can use to encourage families to participate.

Moderator

Zach Scott
Senior Manager, Federal Engagement & Outreach
National Association of Secondary School Principals

Panelists

Jocelyn Bissonnette
Director, Funders Census Initiative
Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
Trevor Greene
Superintendent, Yakima School District
Yakima, WA



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