School districts across Michigan on Wednesday presented students and parents with perks such as pizza parties, gift cards and even cash to be present at school or enroll students on the state's Count Day, which uses student attendance to help determine state funding. School officials defended the incentive plan, which comes as many schools are struggling with declining tax revenue and reduced state funding. "Schools want to make sure all students are regularly in class, because it is critical to the success of that student," a state schools spokeswoman said, "Count Day is a one-day snapshot of that."

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