Steve Kahlfeldt wants his students to grasp how the census impacts them right now, not in some far-off future. For example, the data determines how much funding Title I students receive for hot lunch programs, how much their families must pay in registration fees and whether there will be resources for after-school activities. That money also impacts staffing and resources for at-risk and special needs students.
Kahlfeldt has touched on the census many times in his 15 years as a middle school social studies teacher at Winfield School District 34 (22 years total as an educator). But as the 2020 census approaches, he’s digging a little deeper. …………………………….