State of Maryland Archives: on Education


Benjamin Cardin: $3M for Baltimore STEM education grants

Q: Do you believe the federal government should place more emphasis on increasing the number of young Americans who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or not?

Cardin selected, "Yes."

Cardin adds, "I have met with numerous young students who develop an interest in science and technology once they learn about the career opportunities available to them. For this reason, I am a strong supporter of increased funding for the National Science Foundation. Additionally, last fall, I was pleased to join Sen. Mikulski in announcing a $3 million U.S. Department of Education grant to Baltimore City Public Schools to use innovative methods, such as robotics instruction and career mentors, to strengthen the mathematics skills of middle school students and get more students involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. I will continue to support funding for these types of grant programs."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health: 2012 Maryland Senate debates

Larry Hogan: 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

Ben Jealous: Criticized proposals vouchers proposals

Education: Increase funding for K-12 education?

Hogan: No. Create more efficiency with current revenue streams, allow choice programs like vouchers.

Jealous: Yes. "Raise teacher pay by 29%, fund full-day universal Pre-K." Fund this by taxing legal marijuana.

Education: Provide vouchers to parents to send their children to private schools with public money?

Hogan: Yes. Increased scholarship funding for low-income students attending non-public school of their choice.

Jealous: No. Criticized proposed vouchers proposals. Would instead increase funding for public schools.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maryland Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Ben Jealous: Make community college free; make 4-year college debt-free

Education: Address college costs?

Hogan: Expanded scholarship program to help cover community college tuition. Has limited tuition increases to 2%.

Jealous: Make community college free & 4-year public institutions debt-free for Marylanders. Establish refinancing program for existing loans.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maryland Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Larry Hogan: Expand scholarships for community college tuition

Education: Address college costs?

Hogan: Expanded scholarship program to help cover community college tuition. Has limited tuition increases to 2%.

Jealous: Make community college free & 4-year public institutions debt-free for Marylanders. Establish refinancing program for existing loans.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maryland Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Ian Schlakman: Opposes vouchers for school choice

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: Oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Aug 21, 2018

Ben Jealous: Raise school spending with gambling revenue & legalized pot

Before Gov. Hogan took office, public schools were ranked first in the country for 5 years running. Now, under his leadership, we've slipped to sixth. As governor, I will reverse this trend by making sure we raise teacher pay by 29%, fund full-day universal Pre-K by legalizing and taxing marijuana for adult use, and force Annapolis to finally keep its promise to use all of the casino and lottery revenue to increase education spending, not replace money they've shifted to other priorities.
Source: 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial campaign website, BenJealous.com Jun 26, 2018

Tony Campbell: Wants federal government out of education decisions

Over the past 30 years, programs such as Race To The Top, No Child Left Behind and Common Core has stripped the fundamental rights of states to manage public education.˙ Under the Constitution, states have control over providing public education to students.˙ The 9th and 10th Amendments stipulate the national government should stay away from setting curricula and testing standards.˙ As Senator I will push to end Common Core to return authority of education to the people of Maryland!˙
Source: 2018 Senate campaign website, Campbell4Maryland.com Jun 26, 2018

Richard Madaleno: Free community college tuition

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Jun 1, 2018

Shawn Quinn: Vouchers for public and private school choice

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: Strongly support. Vouchers should also allow students to choose any public school.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate May 13, 2018

Arvin Vohra: Vouchers are just food stamps for education

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: Strongly oppose. This is just replacing one type of welfare (government schools) with another type of welfare (vouchers). Vouchers are just food stamps for education. It is the parent's responsibility to provide education, not˙ If it's not your kid, it's not your responsibility. If you can't afford to pay for education, and can't be bothered to learn to homeschool, don't have kids.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Senate candidate Mar 30, 2018

Arvin Vohra: Stop the one-size-fits-none education programs

When we defund the Department of Education, we put a stop to One-Size-Fits-None programs like Common Core and No Child Left Behind, and we replace those blunders with parental choice programs that can actually work. You, the one person who cares the most about your child's education, will find much better programs than any third party could. Now we have a populace educated by parents who care, instead of by politicians who want to get reelected and make political decisions.˙
Source: 2018 Maryland Senate campaign website VoteVohra.com Dec 12, 2017

Maya Cummings: Public education should be path to success

Give all children, regardless of where they live or their family background, a solid start and an excellent public education so that every Maryland child graduates with the skills needed to succeed. Create quality, affordable, and connected higher education and workforce training options to successfully launch young adults into the world of work.
Source: 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial website MayaForMaryland.com Oct 15, 2017

Richard Madaleno: Public schools are the key to our future

A high-quality public education system is the key to our future. The incumbent's education agenda focused on taking money from public schools and giving it to for-profit charter schools, private schools, and religious schools. My commitment to public education will be unwavering. We will achieve universal pre-kindergarten, we will support and improve public K-12, and we will invest in our colleges and universities. You'll see it in my budget and appointments.
Source: 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial website MadalenoForMaryland.com Aug 8, 2017

Alec Ross: One Economy: Internet & content to low-income schools

After college, Alec moved to Baltimore to teach in the City's public schools--6th grade at Booker T. Washington Middle School. Alec saw firsthand the inequities in our school system and implemented programs connecting his students to opportunities in higher education and conflict resolution. It's also where he met his wife, Felicity, who taught in the classroom across the hall--and continues to teach in Baltimore City public schools today.

Recognizing the inequities that made it nearly impossible for low-income families to get ahead, Alec co-founded a non-profit start-up called One Economy, which helped deliver high-speed Internet access, educational content and education to low-income communities. One Economy started in a basement and grew into a global organization serving millions of low-income families.

Source: 2018 Maryland gubernatorial campaign website AlecRoss.com May 2, 2017

Larry Hogan: $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

Larry Hogan: 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

Larry Hogan: 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

Anthony Brown: Increase investments in our state's schools

In 1998, Anthony was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates to represent Prince George's County. Recognized by his colleagues for his leadership, Anthony rose quickly, serving as Vice Chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee and, later, as Majority Whip.

Anthony made an even larger impact on Maryland during his eight years as Lt. Governor. He fought to increase investments in our state's schools so that every child could receive a world-class education and he spearheaded efforts to plan for and coordinate the arrival of 60,000 BRAC-related jobs to Maryland, including at Joint Base Andrews and Fort Meade.

Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website AnthonyBrown.com Nov 8, 2016

Jamie Raskin: Curb the dogmas and protocols of the new testing mania

Jamie is passionately committed to the educational success of all young people. Jamie is proud of the time he spent volunteering at his kids' schools and proud of the work he has done in Annapolis to fully fund public education, increase desperately needed school construction dollars, enact Farm-to-Schools legislation & improve school nutrition, and curb the dogmas & protocols of the new testing mania which are all too often squeezing out real education and driving teachers out of the profession.
Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website JamieRaskin.com Nov 8, 2016

Jamie Raskin: Stop hobbling our young people with mountains of debt

Jamie is deeply committed to making higher education affordable and accessible to all young people. "I am fighting for debt-free college education as a national priority," he says. "We need this new generation of creative, culturally aware, and technologically savvy young people to confront the stubborn problems of our day after they graduate. Let's stop saddling and hobbling our young people with mountains of debt that constrain their ability to thrive."
Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website JamieRaskin.com Nov 8, 2016

Kathy Szeliga: One-size-fits-all approach is failing our children

The federal government's one-size-fits-all approach to education is failing our children and grandchildren. As a former teacher in Baltimore City, one of my top priorities is reforming our education system so that our children are prepared for the current job market. We need plumbers, military personnel, and people in law enforcements just as much as we need doctors, lawyers, and accountants. We owe it to our children to truly prepare them for the future. [Source: www.kathyformaryland.com/issues ]
Source: Vote-MD.org profile for 2016 Maryland Senate race Aug 9, 2016

Margaret Flowers: No tuition from pre-school through graduate school

Education from pre-school through graduate school could be adequately funded so there is no tuition and there are sufficient teachers and support staff.
Source: 2016 Maryland Senate campaign website FlowersForSenate.org Feb 3, 2016

Sam Faddis: Education system needs fixing to meet new job requirements

We have to jump start the economy; we have to fix our educational system" because most good jobs now require "some kind of higher education." In typical Republican fashion, he says government needs to create the conditions to grow, with lower taxes and less regulation. "I'm not asking for government to go away. I'm asking government to take three steps back," Faddis said.
Source: Maryland Reporter on 2018 Maryland Senate race Nov 5, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Encourage more public charter schools

We have some great schools here in Maryland, but the gap between the best and the worst schools is dramatic. I believe that every child in Maryland deserves a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they grow up in. We must fix our under-performing schools while also giving parents and children realistic and better alternatives.

So, let's expand families choices. Let's encourage more public charter schools to open and operate in Maryland. This month, our administration will submit legislation to strengthen Maryland's charter school law. This legislation will expand choices for families and make it easier for more public charter schools to operate in Maryland.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature Feb 4, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Tax credits for contributions to private & parochial schools

Our administration will also push for the enactment of the "Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers" legislation, also known as "BOAST." It provides tax credits to those who make voluntary contributions to private or parochial schools, and it will help free up more money and resources for our students in public schools. This legislation has been debated in these chambers for more than a decade. It is the right thing to do.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature Feb 4, 2015

Dan Bongino: Schools must inspire next generation of engineers & doctors

Q: Do you believe the federal government should place more emphasis on increasing the number of young Americans who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or not?

Bongino selected, "Yes."

Bongino added, "Inspiring the next generation of engineers, doctors, and scientists begins with our primary schools and teachers. I fully support the implementation of tools such as parent choice vouchers, charter schools, and merit based pay systems for educators. In addition, we must reward good teachers, the bedrock of our educational system, and allow them to work in a system not stifled by bureaucracy and archaic work rules. Our educational goals in math, science, and every other industry should not simply be to 'keep pace with the world,' but to be the BEST in the world."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health: 2012 Maryland Senate debates Jun 15, 2012

Martin O`Malley: Complete College Maryland: incentives to finish on time

We must continue to make college more affordable for more families. Today, the University of Maryland is a top-5 national value. Access to college is important, but completing college is essential in this knowledge-based economy. That's the goal of Complete College Maryland, which I hope you will support in this year's budget. It's a step--but only a step. To move forward, we must rethink the way we fund higher education so there is a greater incentive for completing college on time.
Source: 2011 Maryland State of the State Address Feb 3, 2011

Mary Landrieu: Strongly believes in early childhood education

Landrieu has been a leader on education reform in the US Senate. In 2007, she proposed a major bipartisan overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, focusing on results. In 2001, she successfully changed education funding formulas to direct additional dollars to Louisiana classrooms. A strong believer in early childhood education, Landrieu launched the Steps to Success program, the state’s first referral program on early childhood programs. Landrieu cut through red tape to help schools rebuild from th 2005 hurricanes. In 2007, she delivered $30 million to help schools recruit teachers and other employees to hurricane-impacted schools. When FEMA reneged on its promise to relocate Peebles Elementary school in Iberia Parish, after it was flooded during Hurricane Rita, Landrieu stepped in & secured the funding to make it happen. In 2007, Landrieu voted for the most sweeping changes to federal student aid programs in nearly 15 years, cutting interest rates on student loans & increasing Pell grant awards.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.marylandrieu.com Aug 12, 2008

Michael Steele: Oppose the No Child Left Behind Act

I disagreed with my party on No Child Left Behind. I endorsed No Child Left Behind at the convention in 2004. Since that time, I sat down and I’ve talked to a thousand teachers in, in my state, and I’ve listened to them tell me what the problem is. 7
Source: 2006 Maryland Senate debate on Meet the Press Oct 29, 2006

Parris Glendening: Began the Golden Age of School Construction ($1.6B)

We made education the number one priority of Maryland. This year our schools will receive $2.6 billion in State aid. That is $1 billion more than they received the year I took office. We also began the Golden Age of School Construction, with $1.6 billion in funding to build and modernize over 13,000 classrooms all across Maryland. And higher education is being elevated to its proper status as a top State priority, not just a budgetary afterthought.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

Parris Glendening: Make tuition an anachronism: free college for all

We more than doubled financial aid with new merit scholarships and a major increase in “need based” aid. We strengthened support for our Historically Black Institutions. We also embarked upon a $1.2 billion campus construction program to build new science and technology facilities on campuses across Maryland.

We must be mindful, however, that much of our work together was merely to “catch up” to where Maryland should have been. Higher education bore a disproportionate burden of budget cuts in the recession of the early 1990s. We are just now fully recovering. Having brought stability to our colleges and universities, we must look towards the future with a determination to go beyond the status quo with dramatic, bold steps.

I want the word ‘tuition’ to be seen as an anachronism. All children will move into college just as they now move from junior high to high school. Maryland’s institutions of higher education will be among the best in the country.and they will be free.

Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

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