LACOE Will Spend $2 Million to Help 2020 Census Efforts

The Los Angeles County Office of Education will put up $2 million to help ensure an accurate count in the 2020 census.

The Antelope Valley Press reports that LACOE will team up with over 960 school districts in Los Angeles County. Each will receive $2,000 for census outreach efforts. These include staff training on census safety and confidentiality; new curriculum to educate students about the census; “Census Action” kiosks on campus; and a Census 2020 Awareness Week from March 23 to April 9.

“Schools are trusted messengers and play a critical role in ensuring full participation in the census so that California and Los Angeles County get their fair share of federal resources and congressional representation,” said LACOE Superintendent Debra Duardo, as quoted by the Antelope Valley Press. “L.A.’s children and youth have not been accurately counted in the past. This cannot happen again.” 

Schools are directly impacted by the accuracy of the U.S. census since it determines the amount of federal funding they receive.