Daily Archives: August 1, 2019

What school board members should know about the U.S. Census

Next year’s U.S. Census, known as Census 2020, will be the 24th decennial census.  National Census Day, the reference day used for the census count, will be April 1, 2020.

The census provides a snapshot of national, state and local demographics. The data collected help the federal government decide where to focus its attention and resources (i.e., funding).  For that reason, ensuring an accurate census count is important for states and schools.

Studies suggest that states can lose between $1,000 and $1,300 for each person not counted. Continue reading What school board members should know about the U.S. Census

UW report examines trends in student poverty, eligibility for FRL

The University of Wisconsin Applied Population Lab, in their ongoing series on Wisconsin’s demographics, recently released a report looking at the geographic disparities in student poverty, as measured by eligibility for free and reduced-price lunch (FRL).

The report suggests recent increases in student poverty have stabilized on a statewide basis, and while student poverty occurs throughout the state, geography is a strong predictor.  Some key takeaways: Continue reading UW report examines trends in student poverty, eligibility for FRL