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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Mayor Brown Stresses the Impact the 2020 Census Will Have on Schools and Students

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Buffalo, NY—Mayor Byron W. Brown was joined by Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash, members of the Buffalo Board of Education, and others to talk about how the 2020 Census will impact funding for school programs and services. Today’s event is the continuation of an extensive outreach campaign to get more people to complete the census questionnaire in Buffalo before the census response deadline of October 31st.

Mayor Brown said, “It’s important that people understand that the census directly influences education, as census counts impact the federal funds allocated for educational programs. The new Buffalo School of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, located in the historic C.W.  Miller Livery Stable, is one of eight new high schools recently opened as part of an effort to bridge the equality gap. It supports our youth,   while playing an important role in further engaging Buffalo’s growing hospitality, sports management industry and hotel management industry. An accurate census count is key for this school, and others, to get the funding needed to serve every student who walks through its doors. We only have one shot every ten years to get the census right and students are counting on us to get the job done.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, responses for the 2020 census will help decide on the annual allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funding for state and community needs, which includes funding for various school programs and services, such as special education, free and reduced-price lunch, class size reduction, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programming and more.

A complete count is vital in Buffalo to ensure that sufficient federal funds are available for comprehensive academic, social and emotional learning for City students. For example, over 50% of City students receive food assistance. Another area of concern is the need for more emotional and behavioral support for school-aged children.  According to the National Association of Secondary School Principals, “One in five children  and adolescents will face a mental health condition during their school years.” 

Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Dr.  Kriner Cash said, “We applaud Mayor Brown for taking the time  to raise public awareness about this critically important initiative to increase census participation, and therefore funding for our city and its schools.”

Buffalo Board of Education President Sharon Belton-Cottman said, “Being counted in the 2020 Census will determine the amount of money the school system receives that then impacts our lives and our neighborhoods. Our community and children are too important to not be accounted for. The Federal Government needs to know we’re here. Lives matter, and we must stand up and be counted.”

From now, through October 31st, Mayor Brown’s campaign to increase census completion rates will continue with a series of events that highlight the importance of a complete count.

To fill out your census online go to 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to complete your census questionnaire over the phone. All the information provided to the Census Bureau is safe, confidential, and will not be shared with any other federal agency. October 31st is the last day to complete your census questionnaire.

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