Get to Countin’
OK friends. I was appalled to learn that so many college educated people do not even know how important it is to public schools that everyone complete the census. Really? I must be naïve. But there it is. So, YES, you need to complete the census because it determines where millions of dollars in federal aid go for the next decade—including education dollars!
History Nerd Moment—Be Forewarned
Article 1 section 2 of the US Constitution makes it clear that there is to be a population count of everyone living in the United States, and that this information will be used to determine representation in the House of Representatives as well as tax responsibilities of the several states. The fact that, as originally written, the Constitution included 3/5ths of those people who were enslaved proves that the Founders intended all persons who live in the United States to be counted, not just the citizens of the nation, which would have left out all the women as well.
How to Do your Part as a Good Citizen
Please, please go online https://2020census.gov/en.html and complete the census today. This will help our state and our students for a very long time. This should not be a partisan issue, friends. It’s good citizenship and required by law.
The Census Bureau asked Congress to extend the timeline for conducting the count due to the pandemic, but Congress declined the opportunity to act which is why they initially intended to wind down the count by end of this month. Recently, a federal judge issued a restraining order allowing the count to continue until a hearing is held mid-September.
A Fun Quiz
If you’re like me, you enjoy a good quiz on something you should ostensibly be well-versed. Try this one!
Bottom line—fill out your census form today. Please.
by Jennifer Seal
September 10, 2020