School districts across Michigan are gearing up for Count Day, with 90 percent of state funding at stake.
The Detroit News reports Wednesday's Count Day is especially crucial for Michigan's 56 school districts with budget deficits. State education officials are working with them on financial plans. Other districts are dealing with issues including declining enrollment.
Results released later in the year will give educators a clearer picture of where they stand financially for the rest of the school year. Most of a district's per-pupil funding will be determined by this week's count, while a second count taken in February is worth 10 percent.
Reportedly, some districts are working to lure students on Count Day. Special meals and prizes including iPad minis are planned for the Detroit Public Schools district.