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Snyder signs ‘unprecedented’ $16.1 billion education budget

Posted at 1:24 PM, Jun 27, 2016

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a $16.1 billion education budget, which includes an increase in per-student aid ranging from $60 to $120 to lower the gap between higher- and lower-funded school districts.

The legislation approved Monday boosts state spending on K-12 schools by 1.9 percent.

Public universities’ aid will rise 2.9 percent. Funding for six of the 15 universities will remain below what it was before a major cut five years ago.

Snyder, who calls the education spending an “unprecedented investment,” signed the bill at Geisler Middle School in the Detroit suburb of Commerce Township. It includes $2.5 million to reimburse private schools for the cost of meeting state requirements such as immunization reporting and safety drills.

Snyder is expected to sign another key budget bill later this week.