Legislatures passes $13.7 billion schools budgets

The Republican-led Michigan Senate and House have passed $13.7 billion schools budgets increasing per-pupil funding in K-12 schools.

The Senate approved its budget 26-12, mostly along party lines. It would boost overall spending from $13.3 billion this year and increase per-pupil funding by between $150 and $300.

The House budget passed 97-12 and includes higher education and community colleges as well as K-12. It raises per-pupil funding by between $56 and $112.

Both budgets require a new Michigan Educational Assessment Program for spring testing in the next two school years. A new test would begin in 2016-17.

Differences will be hammered out in conference committees after lawmakers and Snyder's administration meet.

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