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Citizenship and the U.S. Census

Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau aims to count every person living in the United States, and the next census begins on April 1, 2020. Data from the census directly affects how billions of dollars in federal and state aid are allocated to local and state governments. When the questions were initially approved and released, they included the question: Is this person a citizen of the United States? Some states expressed fears about how this question would affect the response rate, which would impact their state budgets. Listen to hear more about the proposed changes to the 2020 census questions.

Update: Since this story was published, it was decided that the citizenship question would not be included on the 2020 U.S. Census form, after the Supreme Court ruled against it.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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