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Snyder Plans 3 Percent K-12 Funding Increase, $100 Bump In Per-Pupil Grant

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will propose spending 3 percent more on K-12 education next school year.

It's a step he says would increase state-based school funding by more than $1 billion since he took office.

The Republican governor tells The Associated Press his school budget includes an average $100 increase in Michigan's per-pupil grant. Lower-funded districts would get $111 more and better-funded districts an extra $83. 

Snyder presents his budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday.

Democrats accuse Snyder of cutting school funding in the past, though Michigan's share of K-12 spending has increased every year of his term.

Critics complain most funding increases have gone to rising employee retirement costs - not the classroom. Snyder counters that districts are in better shape because of major changes made to the retirement system.

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