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      Snyder looks to boost education funding

      Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will propose spending three percent more on K-12 education next school year. It's a step he says would increase state-based school funding by more than one billion dollars since he took office.

      The Republican governor tells The Associated Press his school budget includes an average $100 increase in Michigan's per-pupil grant. Lower-funded districts would get $111 more and better-funded districts an extra $83.

      Snyder presents his budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday.

      Democrats accuse Snyder of cutting school funding in the past, though Michigan's share of K-12 spending has increased every year of his term.

      Critics complain most funding increases have gone to rising employee retirement costs, not the classroom. Snyder counters that districts are in better shape because of major changes made to the retirement system.