- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Financially struggling school districts in Detroit and Flint are among those counting on a successful Count Day, with 90 percent of state funding at stake based on how many students attend classes.

The Flint School District plans to enter students who attend school all day Wednesday into a raffle for video game systems, gift cards and movie passes. Detroit Public Schools are inviting parents and guardians to join students for a free breakfast, lunch or both.

Count Day is particularly crucial for the state’s school districts with deficits and declining enrollments.

Some districts shun incentives. Among them are Warren Consolidated Schools in suburban Detroit and Bendle Public Schools outside Flint.

Bendle Superintendent John Krolewski tells The Flint Journal that it’s “disingenuous” to make Count Day more important because of money.

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