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Michigan House OKs 4 Percent More Education Funds

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A budget bill that spends about 4 percent more on public education next year is moving toward final approval in the Michigan Legislature.

The Republican-led House voted 60-50 late Wednesday for legislation funding K-12 schools, universities and community colleges.

It boosts Michigan's per-pupil funding to districts by at least $50. The lowest-funded districts will get $175 more per student to help reduce the funding disparity among districts.

Legislators opposed to the bill want better-funded districts to get more than a $50 per-pupil increase.

The legislation also includes a nearly 6 percent overall funding hike for 15 public universities and 3 percent more for 28 community colleges.

The Senate is expected to send the bill to Gov. Rick Snyder before adjourning for much of the summer Thursday.

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