Using census data, the federal government allocates tens of billions of dollars in education funds to states and localities annually using formulas that factor in population and poverty levels.
An accurate census count is the critical first step to helping educators address the needs of every child who walks through their doors. The census count happens only once every 10 years; when we undercount young children, the consequences can last most of their childhood.
“Educators are trusted, and we can reassure others that participation in the census is safe, important, and necessary,” says Utah elementary teacher and NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia. “Being counted helps ensure that all communities receive their fair share of federal and state funding for schools and other critical services.”
Here’s what you need to know, and resources to help you.