Snyder plans more education spending


Gov. Rick Snyder says he intends to propose higher education spending in his upcoming budget proposal.

Snyder told The Associated Press in a Thursday interview that the 2012-13 budget proposal he'll present Feb. 9 will include more money for a number of areas.

He says that education "is one of those" areas. School districts were cut 2 percent cut this year.

He wants to eventually tie some education funding to student achievement, but says mechanisms to do that probably won't be in place by next school year.

Instead, he's looking at offering grants to school districts willing to experiment with ways to better measure student achievement.

He says his long-term plan is to have some school funding tied to what students learn.