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Snyder wants 2 percent bump in education funding

Gov. Rick Snyder tours the Detroit auto show.
Rick Pluta
Michigan Radio
Gov. Rick Snyder tours the Detroit auto show.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will propose giving
public schools, universities and community colleges 2 percent more
funding in the next school year.

State budget director John Nixon tells The Associated Press that
the governor's budget being released later Thursday requires
universities to hold tuition increases to under 4 percent or lose part
of their state aid.

The Republican governor also will ask lawmakers to double
enrollment in a preschool program for kids at risk of failing.

Democrats will complain that education spending isn't going up enough.

Nixon said K-12 districts that now get the minimum amount of aid
would receive $34 more per student this fall. Mid-level and wealthier
districts would not get the extra money but could qualify for
additional funding if they meet performance benchmarks or "best

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.