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Maryland, Virginia Govs. Praise Obama Education Reforms

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington Feb. 26.
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington Feb. 26.

After meeting with the president at the White House, the governors of Virginia and Maryland praised the education reforms coming from the Obama administration. 

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum recently called the president a  snob for saying he wants everybody in America to attend college. But Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) says the president's education proposal is an economic proposal too.

"You're far more likely to have a job if you also have a college degree," O'Malley says. "In other words, there's an inextricable link between level of education and a person's ability to be employed." 

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R is also pushing an initiative to increase the number of college diplomas being awarded in the state by 100,000. He says education reforms coming from the White House are impressive. 

"The president has been very gutsy in telling the truth to the teachers' unions about the need for charter schools and merit pay and college lab schools and virtual schools and reducing the ongoing contracts for teachers," McDonnell says.

Last year, McDonnell cut 14 percent from the state's higher education spending. The president asked McDonnell and others to restore, and even increase, funding levels for education.

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