Rumored Biden successor tries to fix his state’s poor record on higher education

Gov. Josh Shapiro (D-PA) is introducing a four-point plan in his 2024-25 budget proposal next month to remedy the state’s deficient higher education system after it was ranked as one of the worst in the country.

The blueprint is the governor’s latest effort to provide better access and affordability for college students, drawing attention to the state’s lacking higher education system, which currently ranks 48th for affordability and 49th for state investment. It also will include spending $5.4 billion to catch up to other better-performing schools and $4.2 billion in basic education funding, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reported.

The governor’s name has been tossed around as a possible presidential alternative, with some Pennsylvania swing voters seeing him as the Democratic Party’s next star, according to a focus group conducted by Axios.

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