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Pandemic fallout, cultural divides and shootings among educational issues animating Maryland gubernatorial candidates

6/9/2022 | Lillian Reed

The Baltimore Sun

And John King, a former U.S. education secretary in the Obama administration, is calling for tax reforms to ensure long-term funding for the Blueprint. He’s also looking to expedite phasing in a minimum starting salary of $60,000 for teachers by 2023.

The former high school teacher and principal said he is concerned educational support professionals, which includes people in jobs such as paraeducator, bus driver or custodial staff, are not making a living wage despite playing a crucial role. He’s also pledging investments in community colleges and Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities, which he said have been “engines of social mobility for generations.”

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