Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels likes to point to other states when he defends the $297 million in education budget cuts he ordered this year. But not all states are cutting funds for schools.
Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania is actually proposing more spending for education, especially early childhood education. The Democratic governor's $29 billion spending plan for 2010-2011 includes increases for basic education. He has proposed new taxes on large companies drilling for natural gas and taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco. The $86 million in revenue would go toward preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. Almost $40 million would go toward Head Start programs.
"I have to say how blessed we are to have a governor that gets it," said John Sarandrea, superintendent of Sharon City, Pa., schools, "That realizes that the investment in education is the way to go."