School attendance discussed at Birmingham BOE meeting

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Starting a new school year off on the right foot was the theme during Tuesday night’s Birmingham Board of Education meeting.

The mood was festive as students celebrated a new school year, but school board members were also serious when talking about the importance of school attendance on Thursday, the first day of school.

Board President Randall Woodfin says Birmingham City students need to be in class since some aren’t reading or doing math on a proper grade level.

Woodfin says attendance is also crucial when figuring the district’s student population. It plays a factor in how much funding Birmingham schools receive from the state.

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