Have you filled out the 2020 Census yet? I did mine at the start of the pandemic shutdown thinking that it would be painstaking and would take up a good portion of the day, but it actually only took about 10 minutes to complete online. Unfortunately for me, it was not a good way to kill time, but the good thing is that it is quite quick and convenient!
I actually started this blog because I was researching whether the school districts in Miami-Dade County had changed recently. Upon perusing DadeSchools.net, I found that the School Board Member Map is updated about a year after the US Census results are published. Therefore, following the 2010 Census, the School Board learned that the population of Miami-Dade County had grown by 10.8% since the year 2000. Based on this change, the Board re-drew nine School Board Member Map boundary areas in 2011. This alteration ensured that every school district has sufficient and diverse School Board members who are reflective of their district’s population. This year’s Census, then, will determine next year’s School Board Member Map boundaries, which will stay in place until 2031.
In addition to School Board members, the Census also affects schools themselves, mainly by directing funding to those that need it the most. The Census is a way for the government to understand which schools need more money for Head Start programs, special education, food assistance, and much more. This all has a direct impact on students, their teachers, and even their families!
I am going to sign off before I start sounding like public service announcement for the US Census, but know that if you have not yet completed yours, Census takers could wind up at your doorstep sooner rather than later! Head to my2020census.gov and take the 10 minutes to fulfill your civic duty, and I will get back to researching Miami-Dade County schools!