NSBA Supports U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Citizenship Question

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), representing more than 90,000 local school board members across the nation, working with and through our state associations, commends today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dept. of Commerce v. New York. This is a decision that could have a profoundly positive and long-lasting impact on schoolchildren in our public schools.

Census numbers are used to calculate funding for a myriad of federal and state school responsibilities, including Title I services, Head Start, federal nutrition programs, special education initiatives and many more education and development programs. An inaccurate population count will truly harm all students, families and communities. Including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census would produce an undercount, significantly reducing resources for public schools and that would put student achievement and well-being under further stress.

NSBA is particularly gratified that the High Court agreed with NSBA’s argument made in our friend of the court brief, ruling that the “Secretary [of Commerce’s] decision is subject to judicial review.” In preserving the courts’ inherent right to judicial review, the Supreme Court reiterated a fundamental check on the co-equal branches of government in implementing policy under law.

NSBA also welcomes the Court’s recognition that federal agency discretion to put into place rules like the one here is not “unbounded."

As the matter now returns to the district court for further proceedings, NSBA and its state association members will continue to advocate for removal of the citizenship question from the 2020 Census in order to preserve federal funding for the myriad programs that benefit the more than 50 million children attending our public schools, their families and communities.

La NSBA Declara a Favor de la Corte Suprema en la Cuestión Sobre la Ciudadanía

La Asociación Nacional de Juntas Escolares (NSBA, por sus siglas en inglés), que representa a más de 90,000 miembros de juntas escolares locales en todo el país, trabajando con y a través de nuestras asociaciones estatales, elogia la decisión de hoy de la Corte Suprema de los EE. UU. en el caso Departamento de Comercio v. Nueva York. Esta decisión podría tener un impacto profundamente positivo y duradero para los niños de nuestras escuelas públicas.

Los números del censo se utilizan para calcular la financiación de una gran cantidad de responsabilidades escolares federales y estatales, incluso los servicios de Título I, Head Start, programas federales de nutrición, iniciativas de educación especial y muchos otros programas de educación y desarrollo. Un conteo incorrecto de la población realmente perjudicará a todos los estudiantes, familias y comunidades. Incluir una pregunta de ciudadanía en el Censo de 2020 produciría un recuento insuficiente, lo que reduciría significativamente los recursos para las escuelas públicas y pondría el logro y el bienestar de los estudiantes bajo mayor estrés.

NSBA se siente particularmente complacida de que la Corte Suprema esté de acuerdo con el argumento de NSBA en nuestro informe del “amigo del tribunal”, dictaminando que la decisión del "Secretario [de Comercio] está sujeta a revisión judicial". Al preservar el derecho inherente a la revisión judicial de los tribunales, La Corte Suprema reiteró un control fundamental sobre las ramas de gobierno co-iguales en la implementación de políticas bajo la ley.

La NSBA también acoge con satisfacción el reconocimiento del Tribunal de que la discreción de la agencia federal para establecer reglas como la de aquí no es "ilimitada."

A medida que el asunto ahora regresa al tribunal de distrito para procedimientos adicionales, la NSBA y sus miembros de asociaciones estatales continuarán abogando por la eliminación de la cuestión de la ciudadanía del Censo de 2020 para preservar el financiamiento federal para los innumerables programas que benefician a los más de 50 millones de niños que asisten a nuestras escuelas públicas, a sus familias y comunidades.

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