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Larry Hogan on Education

 

 


Record high funding for public schools: opportunity for all

For the fifth year in row, my budget provides historic, record-high funding for our schools.

We have invested $32 billion in K-12 education. More than half of our entire capital budget goes toward education. This isn't about politics; this is about our kids and their futures--making sure that every single child in Maryland has the same opportunity to get a world-class education regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Maryland legislature , Jan 30, 2019

School corruption: create Office of Education Accountability

Governor Hogan announced a series of initiatives to ensure accountability in state school systems, including an executive order creating an Office of Education Accountability. The governor also vowed to reintroduce legislation in the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly to create an independent Investigator General to investigate allegations of corruption, mismanagement, and criminal conduct in Maryland school systems.

"Our state spends more than $6.5 billion dollars every year on K-12 education. With that kind of state taxpayer money invested in the local systems, our taxpayers, parents, teachers, and especially our students have the right to expect--and they deserve--more accountability, better local management, and the strongest oversight possible," said Governor Hogan. "We are continuing our fight to improve Maryland local schools, as well as our fight for accountability in local school systems because the status quo simply is not good enough for Maryland's children."

Source: Sept. 2018 newsletter (MD Governor's office press release) , Sep 1, 2018

Student Debt Relief Act: $7B to make college affordable

Governor Larry Hogan announced a comprehensive series of initiatives to make a college education more affordable and provide relief to Marylanders burdened by student debt.

"In Maryland, nearly 60 percent of all of our college students are graduating with thousands of dollars in student debt. This financial burden is preventing young Marylanders from achieving financial security and has become a roadblock to home ownership and saving for retirement," said Gov. Hogan. "That changes today, as we provide real and pragmatic solutions for our students and continue to invest, a record $7 billion, into making college affordable and relieving crushing student loan debt."

Gov. Hogan announced that he will reintroduce the administration's Student Debt Relief Act as emergency legislation on the first day of the 2019 legislative session, allowing Marylanders to deduct 100 percent of the interest paid on their student loans from their income tax return.

Source: July 2018 newsletter (MD Governor's office press release) , Jul 1, 2018

P-TECH and ACCESS Initiative: $18.6 million outside-the-box

Governor Larry Hogan announced $18.6 million in new education funding to go toward a series of initiatives, including recommendations from Maryland's Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, known as the Kirwan Commission. While the Commission will present its final findings and recommendations at the end of 2018, this funding reflects preliminary recommendations made earlier this year.

"Every child in Maryland deserves access to a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in," said Governor Hogan. "That's why our administration has provided record funding for K-12 education for four years in a row and has been committed to innovative and outside-the-box education strategies, such as P-TECH and our ACCESS Initiative. These new investments are yet another way we are giving our students even more opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive."

Source: June 2018 newsletter (MD Governor's office press release) , Jun 1, 2018

$7M for student scholarships to attend a private school

We can--and we must--do more. Beginning with our unwavering commitment to education: This is our third budget in a row with record funding for education. We invested another $6.4 billion to fully fund the legislative formulas. Every single penny that every single jurisdiction anticipated from the state for education is fully funded at 100%.

We have already accomplished a great deal. But together, we can--and we must--do more. Every single child in Maryland deserves access to a great education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in. Sadly, we still have students who are trapped in persistently failing schools. Last year, Democratic leaders in this assembly proposed legislation that provided $5 million, giving a limited number of deserving kids the chance to earn a scholarship to attend a private school. Our budget adds $2 million more to this initiative.

so that we can give even more children that opportunity.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Maryland Legislature , Feb 1, 2017

Tuition relief for state colleges: 2% growth cap

We're investing record amounts for higher education with a budget that includes $1.35 billion for the university system; more than $256 million for Maryland's community colleges; and to continue our commitment to make college more affordable, we are providing an additional $17.5 million specifically for tuition relief, so that 14 Maryland universities and colleges can now cap tuition growth at 2%, rather than the 5% they were proposing. And we are asking for your help to tackle the growing problem of college debt by passing the Student Debt Relief Act, which will allow Marylanders to deduct one hundred percent of the interest paid on their student loans from their state income tax return.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Maryland Legislature , Feb 1, 2017

More charter school choice; more P-TECH schools

Let's expand choices for Maryland families by passing the Public Charter School Act of 2017. Last year, we brought the P-TECH schools initiative to Maryland, which is giving children a choice, along with real hope and real opportunities. So this year, we plan to double the number of P-TECH schools in Maryland.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Maryland Legislature , Feb 1, 2017

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