Michigan Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer is proposing to increase funding for K-12 classrooms and higher education.

Schauer says in his education plan released today he would limit Michigan's School Aid Fund to preschool through 12th grade, excluding higher education costs it now covers. He also would increase college financial aid and require all charter, virtual and new school employees to participate in the state's public school pension plan.

Schauer and his running mate Lisa Brown say they would draw from the state's budget surplus to help fund initiatives such as a school adequacy study and enhanced class offerings.

The Democrats' announcement comes at a time when Republicans are saying he has ``no plans'' other than criticizing incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.