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For Immediate Release: Feb. 12, 2020
Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386
Media Desk (336) 574-5730
Board Passes Resolution in Support of Census Awareness
Census count helps determine GCS’ share of federal funds for school support
Greensboro, N.C. – The 2020 Census is taking place this spring, and the Guilford County Board of Education passed a resolution<www.gcsnc.com/cms/lib/NC01910393/Centricity/Domain/234/2020%20Board%20Meetings/February%2011%202020/ACTION%202020%20Census%20Awareness%20Resolution.pdf> Tuesday to show its commitment to supporting a fair and accurate count.
Census data is used to distribute billions of dollars of federal funds<2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2020-01/Uses-of-Census-Bureau-Data-in-Federal-Funds-Distribution.pdf> as well as to determine electoral districts. GCS receives about $59 million in federal funding, for programs such as school breakfast and lunch, Career and Technical Education, special education and professional learning for teachers.
The school board’s resolution notes that large urban areas are often undercounted, in part because of language barriers and concerns about how Census data will be used. By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information to law enforcement agencies, ensuring that the private data it collects is protected and that answers cannot be used by any government agency or court.
Households will begin to receive Census information in the mail in mid-March. This year, families can complete the census online, by phone or by mail. Click here to learn more<www.gcsnc.com/Page/63333>.
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 125 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com<www.gcsnc.com>.
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