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      Michigan schools to get more funding - how much is not known

      Michigan lawmakers are meeting to decide K-12 spending and the fate of a new standardized test scheduled to begin next school year. House-Senate conference committees are convening Tuesday as the Republican-led Legislature finalizes a $50 billion-plus state budget this week. Public schools can expect to get more money next fiscal year. The question is how much. Proposed funding increases range from $72 per pupil for better-funded districts to $300 for lower-funded districts. The state's plan to replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, or MEAP, with tests aligned with new national education standards remains in doubt. Legislators don't want to pay for the exams developed by the Smarter Balanced consortium, while the state Education Department says it's too late to change direction.