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School systems across Alabama jumped headfirst into the Alabama Census Bowl for Schools Program today. The program is designed to encourage higher self-response rates for the 2020 census across the 32 lowest-performing counties in Alabama.

Set up in an elimination-style bracket, these schools will compete each week until Sept. 30 for the chance to earn up to $65,000 in grant money for their institutions. The self-response rate is open to the entire county, not just to the families of students.

The competition rounds and rewards for a county's final ranking break down as follows:

  1. Elite 8 - $20,000 each
  2. Final 4 - $30,000 each
  3. Second Place - $45,000
  4. First Place - $65,000

The higher self-response rate of the two counties facing off will move on to the next round.

Results will be tallied based on the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs' self-response rate data Mondays after 2 p.m., and the next rounds start by 10 a.m. each Wednesday, with the announcement of each bracket's winners.

Below is a list of the participating Alabama counties:

  • Baldwin
  • Barbour
  • Bibb
  • Bullock
  • Butler
  • Cherokee
  • Choctaw
  • Conecuh
  • Coosa
  • Crenshaw
  • Clarke
  • Dallas
  • DeKalb
  • Greene
  • Hale
  • Henry
  • Lamar
  • Lowndes
  • Macon
  • Marengo
  • Monroe
  • Perry
  • Pike
  • Randolph
  • Russell
  • Sumter
  • Talladega
  • Tallapoosa
  • Walker
  • Washington
  • Wilcox
  • Winston

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