Outnumbered by Republicans in the state legislature, Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is taking his school-funding plan directly to the people. Unfortunately, he's picked the wrong time to do it.
Responding to complaints that Pennsylvania's school funding system is too heavily dependent on property taxes, Rendell proposed a switch - cut property taxes and replace the funds lost with an increase in the income tax.
And in an effort to increase state test scores, Rendell proposed increasing funding for preschool programs and provide full-day kindergarten for all districts.
But for the legislature, the choking point has been the income-tax increase. Though it's coupled with a property-tax cut, lawmakers fear increasing any tax could leave them vulnerable to future foes. All they've agreed on so far is a bill that preserves things pretty much as they are.