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The 74: As Coronavirus Consumes Public Attention, NYC Advocates Remind Residents of a Vital School Revenue Stream: The 2020 Census


March 31, 2020

“In March 12, the website and phone lines for the 2020 U.S. Census went live. That same day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency to battle the coronavirus.

The initial rollout of the decennial census, a once-a-decade U.S. population and housing count, has run head-on into the spread of COVID-19 — an unprecedented pandemic that has consumed the public’s attention, crippled the U.S. and world economy and upended the nation’s education system. Like other districts, NYC’s, the country’s largest, with 1.1 million students, is piloting a herculean transition to remote learning that’s already overwhelming many parents and educators.”

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