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Michigan Senate Approves Boost in Per-Student Funding

Michigan students could soon see a boost in per-student funding.

This is a complex issue and we’re breaking it down for you.

Michigan schools would get between $88 and $176 more per student in their base funding under a budget plan approved Wednesday by the state Senate.

This legislation would provide more than the $50 to $100 boost proposed by Governor Rick Snyder.

It would use $100 million that the governor wants for reimbursing districts for costs tied to employee retirement.

That means, overall, school aid spending would rise by .9 percent.

The Senate plan would give schools $100 million extra to help at-risk students and expand eligibility.

It’s a big increase, but also less than the $150 million the governor proposed.

Democrats tried and failed to pass amendments for longer funding for traditional and cyber schools the same, and to stop helping private schools pay for state-mandated expenses.

Curt VanderWall, a Republican representative from the 101st District sent us a statement.

He voted against his own parties proposed bill.

"In the past, smaller schools that had not received equal funding received twice the increase per student as larger, wealthier school districts. This budget does not include the extra funding. The elimination of a majority of the math and science centers across the state, and removal of a local produce in a school meal program that supports healthy eating and our area farmers are other reasons I could not support this budget."