Source: US News
Whether or not the question of citizenship will be included in Census 2020 is supposed to be determined this month by the Supreme Court.
If the question is in fact included, education experts say it will have a drastic impact on the education sector and education programs.
An undercount may occur if many families choose to not fill out the Census for fear that the question could lead to problems with their documents.
The undercount would essentially lead to fewer dollars for education programs in regions where poverty and immigration are high.
At least 5 of the 11 federal programs whose dollars are determined by information collected through the Census data could be affected, including the $19 billion National School Lunch Program for free or reduced price lunches for students; the $16 billion Title I program for schools with high numbers of poor students; $12 billion in special education grants; and the $9 billion Head Start program for low-income families.
Some regions would also be affected more than others, say experts. With states like California, which has a high number of noncitizens, an undercount could negatively impact crucial funding for education.
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