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Be Counted When U.S. Census Starts

Be sure your family is counted when the 2010 U.S. Census kicks off this spring.  The nationwide tally takes place every 10 years, and the results determine how federal funds are spent for schools, highways, housing, health, social services, economic stimulus and more.

In local schools, Census data also help to determine funding for breakfast and lunch programs, special education, college grants and loan programs.  Every year, the federal government allocates more than $400 billion to states and communities based, in part, on census data.

The Census Bureau will deliver questionnaires to all U.S. households in March. You can help make sure the count is accurate by filling out and returning this short form by Census Day, April 1, 2010.  The form consists of 10 questions, takes 10 minutes and affects 10 years' worth of funding for our schools.  If you don't return the form in time, Census volunteers will knock on your door to offer help.

The Long Beach Unified School District is partnering with the Census to allow distribution of informational fliers to parents.  Schools may also consider having a “Census in Schools Week” to raise awareness.

The U.S. Constitution requires a national census to determine the number of seats each state will have in the House of Representatives.

Visit www.census.gov/schools for more information.