Potential inaccurate school enrollment data could affect funding for schools, expert says

Schools could face financial barriers for at least three years as school leaders face challenges on how to count students during pandemic
Students' Absence

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Taking attendance is considered a pretty elementary thing when it comes to students and schools. However, this year, getting a true headcount is a really complicated equation.

La Crosse School officials are aware of students who are not connecting with teachers, and their absence may cause local schools to lose out on funding. The money schools get each year depends on the number of students who fill seats whether they are in person or at home.

This year, Wisconsin Public Education Network Executive Director Heather DuBois Bourenane expects enrollment counts to be inaccurate. The pandemic has created a plethora of problems for school districts to solve. Distance learning is expensive.

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