Superintendent Joins City and State Officials to Promote the 2020 Census
On Feb. 7, in the Center for Contemporary Culture at Hartford Public Library, city and state officials gathered at a press conference to promote the 2020 Census. Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez joined Senator Richard Blumenthal, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Mayor Luke Bronin and our partners at the Hartford Foundation and the library to provide an update on local efforts to encourage census participation.
In less than a month, residents of Connecticut will begin receiving an invitation in the mail from the Census Bureau to complete the census questionnaire. This year, residents can respond online, by phone, or by mail. The officials wanted to both remind citizens of the importance of filling out the census and emphasize the security of their information.
The Superintendent spoke to the fact that an accurate census count matters because it determines so much for our schools and our community. “When we lose count, it can mean about $3,000 per year. So for our students, that is funding that means services and supports may not be available for our young people, which we know they need to be successful.”
She thanked the Hartford Public Library for offering its welcoming space for residents to complete the forms online at private stations. “We are here to encourage everyone, for our students, and for our community, please make every commitment and intent to be counted in the 2020 Census.”
Census numbers determine eligibility for federal funds that support programs including Medicaid, food stamps, Head Start, as well as free and reduced price school lunches.
The state recently launched a website dedicated to informing Connecticut residents. Ct.gov/census explains how to complete a form and how to get a part-time job working for the census. The jobs could pay between $21 and $25 per hour, depending on location.