The fourth Wednesday is a very important day for kids to be in class. Attendance on count day could make or break what programs are offered at your child's school.
Each student in grades K through 12 will bring schools at least $6,700 in state per pupil funding. For Lansing, it's closer to $7,100. In order to get to class, Lansing schools held truancy sweeps, made the day picture day, and offered buttery popcorn as special treats.
The budget this year for Lansing schools is based on a 300 student drop in enrollment. A large difference in projections means the district could hire more staff, but on the other hand it could mean teacher lay-offs.
Eighty-percent of a school's budget is determined by the count. The other 20-percent came from a count last February.