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Obama prods state governors on education investment

(Xinhua)

08:24, February 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday prodded state governors to invest more resources into education, saying such investments are crucial in assuring the country's long-term competitiveness.

During a session of the National Governors Association's winter meeting held at the White House, Obama said "no issue will have a bigger impact on the future performance of our economy than education," noting that unemployment rate for Americans with at least a college degree is about half the national average, incomes twice as high as those with a high school diploma.

Obama said he believed education is best addressed at the state level, and although state governments are faced with limited resources, he called on governors to invest more in education, noting too many states are making cuts to education that he believes are "simply too big".

While prodding governors to do more, Obama also pledged federal help. He said the federal government already provided billions of dollars in funding to help keep hundreds of thousands of teachers in the classroom, and called on governors to help him pass the remainders of his jobs plan that contained money for teachers.

Obama also talked about making higher education more affordable, and called on Congress to keep student loan interest rates low.

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