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Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Census And Education Funding

The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:
• Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology.
• Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches.
• Maternal and child health programs.
The census is important for school districts because Title I funding is driven by census data.  That funding source is one of our largest grants.  As you know Title I funds provide staff for reading and math support, instructional coaching and intervention. It also is used to fund social workers and other wrap around socioemotional support services for our students.
Title 1 is the largest federally funded educational program. A title 1 school is a school receiving federal funds for Title 1 students. The basic principle of Title 1 is that schools with large concentrations of low-income students who also qualify for free/reduced lunch will receive supplemental funds to assist in meeting student’s educational goals.
For more information on how to get involved visit:
https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/get-involved.html
Information provided by Seattle Public Schools.

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