In our District, we are encouraging all students to be present and accounted for on a specific day because they will literally be counted.
As I overheard someone say, “This is how we get paid.”
Someone will come in and count all of our students to ensure we’ve enrolled all who we said we enrolled in order to justify our budgets. If that student is absent, we must have “work” provided to prove they are actively enrolled in school.
It’s not necessarily over for us, however. For a few weeks after “Count Day,” more or less, we brace ourselves for an influx of new students. Some years it’s been more, others less. But it’s the craziest thing, just new students coming one at a time, maybe in small groups, after this very specific date.
The word on the street is that you keep your budgets once your students are counted on Count Day. When students leave thereafter, you don’t lose the money for that student, which also means that you don’t receive any additional funds for the new students you might will receive.
This is only anecdotal on my part, but I’ve observed this as a fantastic way for charters to rid their schools of more difficult students without losing funding in the process.
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