Obama urges governors to boost education funding

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is asking governors to invest more resources in education.

Obama made his pitch to governors at the White House Monday as part of the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

Obama said many states are cutting too deeply into education funding as a way to balance their budgets, and he urged governors to hire more teachers and restore funding to public education.

Obama said that education funding is critical if the U.S. is to remain competitive with other nations, saying that other countries are “doubling down” on education funding.