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State Will Pay Schools For Unenrolled 'Ghost' Students

Michigan public schools will receive state dollars to educate students they may never teach in 2020-21, including some whose families may have moved out of the district or state.

Under an agreement between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders, school district funding in the coming year will be based 75% on their 2019-20 student counts, and just 25% on the number of students they actually enroll in 2020-21.

State funding for Michigan school districts is largely based on the number of students they enroll.

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