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School funding on the rise

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) Preschool funding is on the rise in Michigan, but some lawmakers say it's not enough to tackle the over-arching public education crisis.
    
The surge in state preschool funding is reversing recessionary cuts in several states.
    
Interestingly, funding seems to be increasing by greater numbers in Republican-led states, the ones that typically sway towards less spending and smaller government.

Michigan saw a 65-million dollar hike in preschool funding just this past year.

K through 12 spending is also on the rise under Governor Snyder.
    
He believes teachers' pensions and benefits are in much better shape as well, but not everyone agrees.
    
The Democratic State Board of Education President says financial support of public education in our state is actually in tatters.
    
Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has also argued that Governor Snyder is out of touch with the K-12 funding crisis in Michigan.
    
Schauer claims if he's elected, he will restore per-pupil funding back to where it was before Snyder took office.
    
Snyder blames some of the public education issues on stimulus money that has dried up.
    
Democrats maintain he is not doing enough on the ground-level to help Michigan schools and ultimately the kids are the ones losing out.