As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal Census Bureau conducts a nationwide population count once every 10 years. It’s one of the few national activities the American public does together. It’s also easy, confidential and critically important to students and their communities.
The COVID-19 emergency shows just how important accurate census data can be. Consider that these anonymous statistics enable local governments to make highly consequential decisions about public safety, including staffing police and fire stations.
They also set the number of congressional seats and electoral votes for each state, and they help school districts plan for enrollment shifts.
Despite all that’s at stake, California is expected to lose about $1,950 per person in annual federal funding as a result of undercounting. But a number of organizations are seeking to change that, including OCDE, which has curated this batch of resources to help teachers and community leaders spread the word: