The state Senate has approved an education budget that would boost public school funding by about three percent.
The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher has more.
Colleges and universities would also get an increase of around two percent.
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville praised the schools budget, saying it addresses issues like teacher retirement costs while giving more money to districts.
“The education budget this year may be the best that I’ve seen since I’ve been up here,” he says.
But many Democrats say the plan does not do enough to make up for cuts to education over the past couple of years. They’re also criticizing Republicans for adding language related to social issues like embryonic stem cell research.
The education budget now goes to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.