President Barack Obama urged governors across the country to invest more State resources in education, as he noted that a highly skilled workforce is crucial for the U.S. to remain competitive with other nations, The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, Obama made his pitch at a White House meeting with governors in Washington as part of the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association. The President and first lady hosted a black-tie event for the politicians on February 26.
The AP reported that the President sympathized with the governors whose State budgets have been significantly diminished by the economic downturn, but noted that this was no reason to cut resources from schools.
“The fact is that too many states are making cuts in education that I think are simply too big,” Obama said at the event. “Nothing more clearly signals what you value as a state than the decisions you make about where to invest. Budgets are about choices.”
CNN reported that the President also spoke to how the economic outlook is improving from the early days of his Administration, noting “our recovery is gaining speed.”