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Census director visits L.A. school to encourage Latino participation in 2010 count

March 1, 2010 | 10:42 am

The director of the U.S. Census Bureau will visit a Los Angeles elementary school Monday to kick off a national drive to promote better counting of Latino children in the 2010 census.

Robert Groves and elected officials are set to visit the Garza Primary Center in Boyle Heights, which serves a community with a large number of Latino immigrants with a high mobility rate, said Erica Martinez, senior director of programs and communications for the National Assn. of Elected and Appointed Latino Officials.

One in five American elementary and secondary students is Latino, organizers said, and children were among the 3.3 million people under-counted in the 2000 census. At stake is about $26 billion in annual education funding. A 3% difference 10 years ago led to a $4.1-billion loss of funding in 31 states and Washington, D.C., organizers said.

-- Ching-Ching Ni