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Board of Education Encourages Participation in 2010 Census

Resolution Suggests Participation in Census in Schools Week

It's About Us: 2010 Census in Schools graphic

At its November 3 board meeting, the Sacramento County Board of Education passed Resolution No. 09-20 encouraging all local districts in the county to participate in the 2010 Decennial Census in Schools Week.

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is inviting schools in the county, especially schools in the hardest-to-count districts that receive Title I, Part A funds and serve 90 percent socio-economically disadvantaged students, to dedicate a week during January 2010 through March 2010 for "Census in Schools Week," which will help reinforce the importance of their participation in the census.

The resolution "encourages all local superintendents, board members, principals, teachers and parent organizations to relay the importance of the census to parents and community members to ensure everyone is counted in order to maximize political representation and funding appropriations within our county."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the County of Sacramento is one of the top 10 hardest-to-count counties in California, and receives more than $56 million in Title I, Part A funds.

The "It's About Us: 2010 Census in Schools" program gives schools a wide range of free, optional, standards-based lesson plans on subjects related to the census, ranging from math to social studies. The program is designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.