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Wed May 26, 2010

Michigan Democrats vote to restore schools money

LANSING, MI –

The Democratic-run Michigan House has voted to restore some state aid money to public schools.

A bill passed 64-42 Wednesday mostly along party lines would give schools $65 more per student than now scheduled for the rest of this budget year. The restoration would remain in the budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

The move would restore part of a $165 per student cut now in effect.

The Republican-led Senate earlier passed a version of the budget calling for state aid to schools to be cut by an additional $118 per student starting next fiscal year.

Projections for the school aid fund have improved since then. But some Republicans say the economy is still too skittish to spend the extra money on schools.