Once every decade, the United States conducts a census to count the country’s population. Each year, the Federal Government distributes approximately $675 billion (yes, billion) to the states. South Carolina averages $7.1 billion in direct Federal aid to the State budget. That’s approximately $1,468 per person. The census directly impacts federal funding for schools and communities in South Carolina, including funding for special education, teacher training, school meals assistance, technology and after-school programs. Traditionally, children are among the most undercounted on the census. According to the Count All Kids Campaign, more than two million young children nationally were missed in the 2010 Census. If we undercount children in the 2020 Census, South Carolina could miss out on funding for the programs our students depend on.
Click here to download a handout with tips for school board members and school districts as you work together to ensure that your community’s residents are counted accurately.
SCSBA Associate Members and President’s Club Members allow SCSBA to expand services to school boards and provide invaluable statewide training and networking opportunities for the district leadership teams who work on behalf of South Carolina’s public school children.
Your membership demonstrates your support of public schools and those who serve them.
The SCSBA Sharing Hub is a place for board members to share successful programs, initiatives and ideas. Click here to join the SCSBA Sharing Hub Facebook group. Once you “join the group,” you will be able to make posts, attach files and share photographs and videos that will help others understand the great programs happening in your district. The sharing hub is an idea that was developed by SCSBA President Wesley Hightower and SCSBA staff as a place for board members to collaborate, with the goal of expanding opportunities for all students. School Board members, school districts staff, Associates and Affiliates are encouraged to join.