Proposed Plan Would Mean Extra Money Per Michigan Student

Michigan's public schools would get an extra $11 per student headed into the next academic year under a proposal moving through the state Legislature. The Republican-led Senate passed the state's latest school aid budget by a 37-1 vote Thursday. The Democratic-led House is expected to pass the bill later in the day. Districts would get the small increase as early as this summer. The increase will be carried over into the new state budget year that starts Oct. 1. The increase will help some schools but won't be enough to avoid cuts in some districts. Schools lost $165 per student in state aid last October. Republican Sen. Bruce Patterson of Canton Township was the only senator voting against the bill. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)