By Katie Kanner
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Budget proposals are clear indicators of any governor’s priorities—and they reveal some major differences in how much our elected leaders value public education.
In Montana and Pennsylvania, governors took a strong lead by investing heavily in K-12 education and freezing tuition. Higher education institutions in Virginia have been allotted funds for financial aid programs and research technology. And in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton’s vision to provide quality early childhood education for all students has earned him the nickname, “The Education Governor.” Other states, however, have not been so lucky.
In Arizona, per-pupil spending is the worst in the nation, yet Governor Ducey cut funds that provide essential support to classrooms. Even worse, his budget was passed in the middle of the night to avoid public debate.
Governor Hogan of Maryland proposed cutting millions of dollars in school funding, cuts that are expected to compound over the next four years. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal would give wealthy Wisconsin families $10,000 tax deductions just sending their children to private schools.
Below are more highlights and lowlights from governors’ proposals from across the country: