Wednesday is the All-Important School “Count Day”
School districts across the state are putting the finishing touches on plans to get students enrolled in school to be "in" those seats tomorrow.
Wednesday is the all-important "Count Day." The enrollment numbers recorded on that day will translate into much-needed state funding for the school year.
The Detroit News is reporting today that, the "count" taken on the first Wedneday of October accounts for 90% of funding. The remainder of the money comes from a count taken in February.
Per-pupil funding ranges from just over $7,000 per student to over $11,000.
Students in poorer school school districts know how important the enrollment numbers are and offer incentives to students to get them to come to school--at least for that day.
Some districts are giving prizes for those in attendance or other types of drawings. Others, are even offering to come pick students up to make sure they make it to school.
Detroit Public School officials are not only looking at deficits, they're also looking at a population loss that could cost them close to three-quarters of a million dollars in funding.
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