Public school literally saved John’s life after both of his parents passed away by the time he was twelve. He knows that Baltimore’s schools and educators do not have the resources to provide every child the same opportunity that he had, and righting that wrong will be a top priority for his administration.
Every week, there are new, concerning reports about the state of education in Baltimore despite the heroic efforts of educators and administrators. From broken air conditioners to grading scandals to school bus issues, Baltimore’s school system has gone through a lot – and students and teachers are impacted too.
Tragically, Governor Hogan has resisted equitable funding for Baltimore City Public Schools – which is the most diverse school district in the state. In the past 14 years, Baltimore City Public Schools have been underfunded by $300 million per year. The next governor will be responsible for implementing the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, ensuring that Baltimore’s children are receiving a world class education and ensuring that Black and brown students aren’t left behind. That will require more school funding and capital spending, higher salaries for teachers and education support professionals, improving public transportation to make buses reliable, and investments in transformative innovation.
As governor, John will:
- Make sure every Baltimore student has access to a world-class public school education.
- Build upon the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and restore and expand funding for Baltimore schools that have been historically underfunded.
- Raise pay for Baltimore teachers and education support professionals to ensure that we can recruit and retain a strong, diverse education workforce.
- Invest in professional development, curricula, and reading teacher roles leveraging evidence-based strategies to achieve reading proficiency and appreciation for the joy of reading by 3rd grade.
- Fix the air conditioning and heating in schools so that students don’t regularly have to be sent home and miss important learning or sit shivering in freezing classrooms.
- Invest in high quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs like P-Tech early college high schools where students graduate with a high school diploma, an associates degree, and first-in-line for a job with an employer partner.
- Invest in the creation of innovative school models that provide a rich, well-rounded educational experience and tap into the passion of educators, parents, and students, including: Montessori, dual-language, arts, Early College (e.g., replicating Bard Early College), and STEM.
- Follow through on the Blueprint commitment to substantial CTE expansion, so that CTE programs in Baltimore are actually aligned to 21st century jobs that pay good wages and provide good benefits (e.g., jobs at the port, cybersecurity, renewable energy, life sciences, etc.).
- Fix public transit, so Baltimore kids can get to school. 29,000 students rely on the MTA to get to school and report commutes of at least 45 minutes, and 79% of students in the 2018-2019 school year were late to first period at least once, with public transit playing a large role.
- Invest in school services for students like after-school sports and arts programs and mental health professionals so that school environments are welcoming, safe spaces for students.
- Institute universal, high-quality PreK for all 3- and 4-year-olds by 2030 and ensure universal, affordable childcare birth-2, which will not only benefit students but our workforce and economy as well.
- Mobilize a statewide tutoring corps and invest significantly in school counselors and mental health services to address academic and socioemotional needs exacerbated by the disruptions in students’ lives due to COVID.