Los Angeles Unified School District could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding because of a faulty computer system that has bungled attendance records and contributed to declining enrollment, it was reported Wednesday.

LAUSD Chief Financial Officer Megan Riley has told board members that student attendance figures that will be reported to the state later this year are expected to drop by between 3 percent and 16 percent, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

Each 3 percent loss in enrollment equates to a funding loss of about $100 million for the district. But this year’s lower attendance figures will be a result of the district’s shoddy system for keeping records, plus actual enrollment declines.

The funding, which is determined by student attendance as reported to California, is the district’s main revenue source. LAUSD officials are projecting an $88 million deficit in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The district could petition state education officials for a waiver from the strict attendance accounting policies, Riley said, according to the Daily News.

— City News Service

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