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Snyder signs law requiring study of cost to educate students

Jan 17, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan will pay for a study within a year to determine what it costs to sufficiently educate a student.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The law signed this week by Governor Rick Snyder requires the state to then report the study's finding to the Legislature, governor and state auditor.

The statewide cost study will determine the sufficient resources per student to provide a public education that enables the pupil to successfully satisfy graduation requirements. The study also will consider if funding of public education is distributed so all children have an equal opportunity to succeed.

Democrats won passage of the bill recently as part of a $1.3 billion transportation funding deal. It's not contingent, however, on a statewide sales tax hike vote in May.

It's unclear how much the study will cost.