Funding for next year’s census is among the key issues still to be decided as Congress struggles to finalize spending bills for FY2020, which began Oct. 1.
The census is vitally important to America’s students because it determines the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding for public education, including Title I schools serving more than 24 million students from low-income families, special education grants to the states, and school breakfast and lunch programs.
The census also governs distribution of funds to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that keeps millions of families out of poverty and has lasting benefits for children’s health and academic success.
To ensure the correct amounts are allocated for these programs, everyone must be counted. The Census Bureau needs to hire enough staff to conduct outreach everywhere, especially with communities of color, immigrants, and low-income people where undercounting tends to be a problem.
Tell your representatives to push for properly funding the 2020 Census.