ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Obama administration is committed to finding the money to fund a national expansion of early learning programs. Duncan said during a Friday visit to an Atlanta elementary school that the administration was looking at all options - not just the president's proposal to spend $75 billion over the next decade with the help of higher cigarette taxes.
Gov. Nathan Deal joined Duncan during a town hall meeting and suggested the Obama administration consider using block grants, saying he was opposed to any increase in taxes. Duncan later said "for me, the goal is to get this done," reiterating the president's commitment to find creative ways to fund the massive expansion.