18 Sep, 2020 09:45 am

It's 'count day' for Indiana schools. Here's how it works, and why it matters.

Today is the day schools will set the enrollment number their funding is based on for the semester.

strong Sign up for Study Hall, our weekly education email newsletter The one-day count of students has long been important for schools but rarely made as much news as this year, when state policymakers who were engaged in a public fight about school funding briefly toyed with the idea of moving this year’s fall count day.p So, how does count day actually work?On count day, the Indiana Department of Education opens a “membership collection” portal in its data collection system.The process repeats for the spring count day, in February.

“This count day is extremely important,” said Jeff Butts, superintendent of Wayne Township Schools.The Indiana General Assembly will need to take action, though, before the February count day.

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