School funding is more important than ever before. Schools are faced with challenges that they've never faced before in history. You and I can help ensure that everyone in our districts gets counted and that our schools get the funds they desperately need. See this graphic from KU that points out the numbers concerning the census and this message from Pat Bone at KSDE. Please, please take 10 minutes out of your day to help your community!

From Pat Bone - KSDE

"Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announced Monday evening the 2020 Census will stop collecting responses on September 30th - 31 days earlier than the previously announced October 31st deadline. The Census Bureau modified the timeline in order to meet the statutory deadline to deliver apportionment counts to the president by December 31, 2020. 

 What does this mean? It means census bureau workers have 31 fewer days to collect responses from households who have not responded to the census - which is 32.9% of our state's population. That's 1 in 3 households!

 The timeframe to respond to the #2020Census has been shortened by 31 days. Don't shortchange your community, complete your census today at https://my2020census.gov/ or call 844-330-2020. 

 The road to recovery from COVID-19 is going to be long, but we will get there. And when we do, we need to be sure that our communities have thriving local economies: fully funded healthcare in case we get sick, schools that are not overcrowded, and programs for all our kids who need them. Billions of dollars will be distributed every year for the next ten years based on the results of the 2020 Census. Complete your Census form today. 

 The 2020 Census will direct $1.5 trillion every year to communities based on how many residents fill out the form. If you don’t complete your census, your community will get less money. After COVID-19, we cannot be left with underfunded schools, hospitals and safety net programs. Completing the 2020 Census ensures our communities get our fair share—the resources we will need to truly recover. Complete your 2020 Census today. 

 The Census is about money and power. The people who complete the form, get their fair share of both. If you skip the census, money and power that would have gone to your community, will go somewhere else. COVID-19 has stretched our communities so thin. Don’t leave money and power on the table. Complete your 2020 Census today.

What can we do? Encourage people in your community to self-respond now! It takes less than 10 minutes and impacts our cities and state for 10 years."