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CMSD stresses importance of 2020 Census

With the 2020 Census at hand, CMSD is reminding everyone  “It pays to be counted.”

That message is on buttons, yard signs and fliers that will be visible throughout the District. CMSD also has created a web page --- clevelandmetroschools.org/2020census – packed with news and information about the census and how it operates.

An accurate count is critical for CMSD, the city of Cleveland and the region.

The Cleveland area is one of the most undercounted in the nation for young children. Continuing that pattern would significantly reduce funding the District and other agencies receive over the next 10 years from federal programs that are based on population.

The census also plays a role in determining the size of the area’s congressional delegation, attraction of economic development and much more.

Invitations to participate in the census will begin arriving in homes in mid-March. CMSD is making sure families know the census can be easily completed online, by phone or by mail and that participating is safe because federal law requires that personal information remain confidential.

Census Director Steven Dillingham emphasized those points when he visited Cleveland Feb. 21 and 22, stopping at CMSD’s Wade Park School and attending a community census campaign kickoff at the Great Lakes Science Center.

Watch Wade Park students sang “The Census Song” for Dillingham and others: