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Snyder panel calls for free preschool, community college

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Michigan should make community college free for all and give merit-based scholarships to high school graduates who attend the state's public universities, says a commission formed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The panel released a report Friday that calls for getting rid of grade levels and instead advancing students only once they master content. The study also recommends universal access to preschool for all 4-year-olds - not just disadvantaged and poor ones - and state aid to help pay for school buildings in low-income districts and those used by publicly funded charter schools.

Another key recommendation proposes seeking a 2018 constitutional amendment to give the governor, whose K-12 powers are limited outside of funding decisions, more sway over education policy by having direct oversight of the state Education Department.