5000 Alabama students haven’t shown up for any sort of class

5000 Alabama students haven’t shown up for any sort of class
(Source: Live 5 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s state education superintendent says preliminary reports indicate that more than 5,000 students haven’t shown up for any sort of classes, virtual or in-person.

Dr. Eric Mackey says they’re likely to have a hard time catching up - and the enrollment drop could mean the loss of hundreds of teachers. That’s because the state funding formula is based on enrollment.

Mackey says he’s hoping the Legislature will make a temporary change to avoid that. He says one possibility might be basing it on average enrollment for the past couple of years.