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Senate appropriations sub-committees advanced education spending bills

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Senate appropriations sub-committees advanced education spending bills

A multi-billion-dollar school spending plan is advancing out of a Michigan Senate appropriations subcommittee.

Though larger than last year’s school aid plan…critics like Robert McCann of the K-12 Alliance of Michigan say it falls flat in spending for at-risk students and special education.

“It’s the type of thing that looks rushed and unfinished and it leaves billions of dollars unaccounted for.”

But Republican Senator Wayne Schmidt says it is unfinished. He says more spending will likely come during negotiations.

“We’re not going to see cuts. We’re going to see changes and, overall, increased spending. I think the governor, the House and the Senate all agree on those very important items.”

There’s a more than 500-million-dollar difference between the governor’s proposal and the Senate’s current plan.