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Schools May Be Empty But State Superintendent Says Send Money Anyway

Wants funding to be based on same student counts - even if there are no 'live' students

Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Rice wants lawmakers to assume schools will enroll the same number of students this coming fall as a year ago, in 2019-20.

In Michigan, school funding is based on how many students each district enrolls. Specifically, districts get state funding based on a physical count of students present on pre-determined days in the fall and spring.

A University of Michigan survey released in June found that 33% of Michigan, Illinois and Ohio parents may not return their children to school because of COVID-19.

Many Michigan school districts have stated they will only offer online instruction in the fall.

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