Michigan’s public schools will receive funding this year based on how many students attend on October 5, Chalkbeat reports. This “count day” falls on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year — when many Jewish students will be absent.
In an era of heightened consciousness around treating races, creeds, genders, and more with respect, not only does this suggest that Jewish students “don’t count,” but it also discloses a larger structural problem with how schools are funded.
Michigan’s state funding has long been tied to a single count day, which occurs the first Wednesday of October. This year that means that for each student in attendance, each school will receive roughly $9,150 — the base funding in the state’s budget.