Census Undercounting Could Hurt California Schools
Experts are becoming increasingly fearful that children under the age of five could end up woefully undercounted in the 2020 census, leaving a number of programs and schools underfunded.
A recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that nearly a quarter of children under five are at risk of not being counted. They believe the situation could be even worse than in 2010 when nearly 1 million young children were left out of the federal questionnaire.
A number of factors could contribute to the problem. These include poverty, homelessness, language barriers, non-parental guardianship, and a controversial question about citizenship. There is worry that some of these factors make California particularly vulnerable to undercounting and, consequently, underfunding.
Each year, U.S. Census data is used to determine funding for some 300 federal programs totaling more than $800 billion nationwide.
Read more about the risks of census undercounting here.