Statement of Dr. Debra Duardo, LACOE Superintendent
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to block a citizenship question on the 2020 census for now is a victory for all. We want to thank Thomas Saenz, President of the County Board of Education and President and General Counsel of MALDEF, for his tireless efforts in securing this critical victory.
Not only is the census an important tool for ensuring fairness and justice, but, practically, it determines how much money federal programs allocate to our school districts across the county. At a loss of about $1,000 in funding per uncounted student per year, multiplied by 10 years, our districts could potentially lose hundreds of millions of dollars.
Los Angeles County is the hardest to count region in the nation and a citizenship question could lead to a substantial undercount. While we applaud the Supreme Court’s decision, we understand there is a possibility that we could still see a citizenship question. We remain as committed as ever to supporting comprehensive census efforts through information sessions, direct outreach, kiosks at schools, and collaboration with community partners. There is nothing more important than making sure we’re all counted.