Schools budget deal getting closer

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Negotiators are close to deciding how much money Michigan's K-12 public schools will get in the fiscal year that starts in October.

A panel of state lawmakers debating school funding is expected to meet Thursday. If they reach an agreement, the Legislature could vote on the proposal soon.

Lawmakers were expected to look at a proposal that would give all schools at least $55 more per student than they are receiving this year. Michigan's lowest-funded schools would get somewhere around $110 more per student.

Some money would go toward Gov. Jennifer Granholm's plan to help create smaller high schools.

State lawmakers have approved most of the next state budget, but they left for summer break without finalizing the schools spending plan.

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