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AISD launches historic census outreach effort

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Tai Moses

The Austin Independent School District announced an effort this week to ensure that all of the district’s 80,000 students and their families fill out forms and be counted in the 2020 U.S. census this spring. The historic outreach effort involves all of the district’s 130 campuses. AISD is partnering with parent-teacher associations, the city and Travis County to provide information about the census count and “to ensure that everyone in our diverse community is counted,” according to a press release. AISD officials are acutely aware that an accurate count is critical to the allocation of federal funding to programs like special education, free school lunches, Title 1 and HeadStart. “I think we realized we were leaving money on the table. We were leaving people uncounted,” Lynn Boswell, president of the Austin Council of PTAs, told KXAN. Since the state Legislature declined to fund census outreach efforts, it’s up to efforts like this one to educate Texans about why participating in the census is so important. District staff and volunteers will be getting the word out about the census count at school carnivals, holiday events and PTA meetings over the next several months, putting a special focus on low-income families, undocumented people and those who are experiencing homelessness. “Dollars are scarce and our students have infinite needs,” district CFO Nicole Conley told KXAN.




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