Changes this year in how student counts handled

Changes are taking place this school year in how official student counts are handled to calculate per-pupil aid from the state. The number of students counted during the fall count day on Oct. 5 will be worth 90 percent of state aid, rather than 75 percent as in past years, The Detroit News reported Monday. A winter count in February will be worth 10 percent instead of 25 percent. Overall, Michigan's public schools could receive $12.6 million less in school aid this year because of the change.
AP Wire
Sep 26, 2011


The change was prompted by research that showed the state was paying for students counted in the spring who were no longer there in the fall. Under the new formula, districts with declining enrollment stand to lose money, while those adding students each school year will get more funding.

“We learned we were paying to educate kids who weren’t in school,” said GOP state Sen. Phil Pavlov, of St. Clair County’s St. Clair Township, chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Also this year, count day was moved from the fourth Wednesday of September to the first Wednesday in October to align with a count done for special education students. The number of children in Michigan’s public schools has been falling since 2002, when 1.75 million students were recorded in the fall.

Last year’s fall count was 1.6 million.


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