Students came from across the state, missing school for the day, so that they could meet with lawmakers in Annapolis. They were all part of the Council of American Private Education (CAPE) annual Advocacy Day promoting its BOOST program. With help from the state, the BOOST program provides scholarships to students to help cover the cost the attending the state’s nonpublic schools.
State House democratic leaders and the Maryland State Education Association say more money is needed to meet the needs of the state’s public school system. They’re asking the General Assembly to support a constitutional amendment that would require all of the state’s proceeds from gambling to go to funding public education.
As the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, a group of Maryland lawmakers gathered in Annapolis Tuesday afternoon to introduce a package of five legislative priorities regarding education.
Md. Gov. Larry Hogan spoke to Capital News Service about his first legislative session, as a Republican governor elected in a majority blue state working with a Democratic General Assembly.
A new bill would help fix problems with school funding and maintenance of effort laws that have become a “toothless tiger,” said Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr, D-St. Mary’s, in a joint hearing with the House Appropriations Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday.