Supreme Court Rules Against Administration Regarding Citizenship Question on Census

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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James Minichello
703-875-0723
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jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – June 27, 2019 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block a citizenship question to the census.

“AASA is pleased to see the Supreme Court’s decision on the census citizenship question. With today’s decision, ruling that the citizenship question cannot be added to the 2020 Census, democracy won.

“Today’s decision is a critical step for supporting a robust, accurate count in the 2020 census. The success of our nation’s public schools to best educate the students they serve and the broader communities they support relies on a truthful reflection of the people in that community. Today’s decision supports a census instrument with broad participation, that reflects updates and revisions through normal order, and that is free of items that would suppress participation, particularly among historically underrepresented populations.

“The data and detail of the 2020 census will shape and impact the allocation of critical federal, state and local resources for the next 10 years, and the ability of public schools to serve all students will be bolstered by the accuracy of the 2020 census count. More specifically, the population counts from the decennial census are used to determine the allocation of federal funds for many programs, including critical federal education programs like Title I and IDEA, whose funding allocations depend on school district counts of the school-aged population.

“For these reasons, AASA applauds today’s decision, will work to ensure the federal government respects the Supreme Court decision and proceeds with efforts to prepare a 2020 Census that does not include the citizenship question. AASA will be working with school system leaders across the nation to get out the count.

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For specific questions, please contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.