“Education has been, and will continue to be, our administration’s highest priority because I believe very strongly that every single child in Maryland deserves a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in.” -Governor Larry Hogan
Record funding for better and safer schools
Governor Hogan has committed $32 billion toward K-12 education – no governor in state history has ever invested more in Maryland schools. He pushed for and enacted a casino lockbox to require the investment of $4.4 billion more into our local schools. We have committed resources to strengthen school safety, adding school resource officers and mental health counselors.
Largest school construction initiative in state history
To build on his administration’s historic investment in education, Governor Hogan has introduced the Building Opportunity Act of 2020, which will provide $3.8 billion in school construction funding over the next five years. This is the largest school construction initiative in state history. With this initiative, the state will be able to fund all local funding requests and provide our students with the healthy, efficient, heated, air-conditioned, and modern school buildings that they deserve.
Real accountability and innovation
Investing record amounts of money is not going to solve all the problems of our local schools, which is why Governor Hogan has been leading the fight for more accountability and higher standards. Based on a model developed by Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Governor Hogan’s Community and Local Accountability for Struggling Schools Act of 2020 (CLASS Act) will empower local communities to take charge of failing schools and enact critical changes in leadership and curriculum.
Expanding access to pre-K and AP testing
Governor Hogan is prioritizing more than $100 million in funding over the next two years to expand access to early support and interventions for young children and their families, including access to high-quality, full-day prekindergarten for three- and four-year olds. With the AP Opportunities Act of 2020, Governor Hogan is committing to fund more than 25,500 Advanced Placement exams to help low-income students. This will give more students the chance to pursue college-level studies and learn skills that are essential to career success.
- Provided historically high state funding 5 years in a row, investing a record $32 billion in K-12 education
- Pushed for, campaigned for, and enacted a casino lockbox to require the investment of $4.4 billion more into local schools
- Introduced Community and Local Accountability for Struggling Schools (CLASS) Act to help quickly and effectively turn around persistently underperforming schools
- Re-introduced the Building Opportunity Act to provide billions for school construction funding
- Made critical investments of state tax dollars to strengthen school safety, adding school resource officers and mental health counselors to make our schools safer
- Committed another $130 million in additional education spending, including prekindergarten expansion and Concentration of Poverty Grants
- Introduced AP Opportunities Act of 2020 to provide low-income students in Maryland access to AP tests free of charge
- Pushed for the creation of the Office of the Inspector General for Education to hold school systems accountable for their use of taxpayer funds
- Strongly supported P-TECH schools to provide students the opportunity to earn a college degree and train for a job while in high school
Governor Hogan to Invest $130 Million More for Pre-K Expansion and Other Education Priorities
Video Release: Governor Hogan Honors Six Maryland Schools Named Blue Ribbon Honorees
Governor Hogan Announces “Innovation Schools” Accountability Initiative, Largest School Construction Plan in State History
Governor Hogan Statement on Education Funding