School groups pitch alternative to Snyder's budget

Michigan school groups have countered Gov. Rick Snyder's K-12 budget plan with one of their own that would give districts more per student by eliminating line-item spending that benefits a smaller number of students.

The proposal was unveiled in the Capitol Thursday by organizations representing school boards, administrators and districts.

The "Classrooms and Kids" budget would put more money into the traditional per-pupil foundation grant by taking it from some "categorical" funding that rewards districts for best practices and performance.

Snyder has proposed giving schools $83 to $111 more per student. The alternative proposal would provide between $250 and $291 more.

Supporters say the alternative would simply the budget. A Snyder spokeswoman says he's pleased to see groups offer ideas but thinks best practices and helping struggling schools are important.