Count Day crucial for public school funding

Oct 3, 2013


There are more than 1.5 million public school children in Michigan, a number that’s been steadily decreasing since 2002.
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School districts across the state of Michigan are doing their arithmetic this week.  Yesterday was the bi-annual “Count Day”.  Districts count the number of students attending school each February and October in order to determine their share of per-pupil state funding.

It’s in every school district’s best interest to have the maximum number of students possible in class on Count Day.  To tell us more about it is Dan Hanrahan, the director of the Office of State Aid and School Finance for the Michigan Department of Education.