MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - According to the Montgomery Public School District Hispanic, attendance numbers have been down since Alabama's immigration law has gone into effect.
School District Spokesperson Tom Salter says the district has approximately 1,200 Hispanic students enrolled. On Thursday, 232 students identified as Hispanic were absent. About 116 "Hispanic" students were absent on Friday and 102 were absent on Monday.
After three days of unexcused absences MPS will begin trying to locate the student with phone calls and visits.
Salter says this will not affect funding for the school - state funding is based on the average enrollment for the first 20 days after labor day, Monday is the first day of that count. A student is still considered as enrolled in school until he or she is formally withdrawn. Ultimately it is enrollment that matters, not attendance.