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House approves key education bill

March 7th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

 A comprehensive education measure that will cost billions of dollars over the next decade with the goal of making K-12 schools in Maryland among the world's best was approved by the Maryland House of Delegates on Friday night.

The House voted 96-41 for the bill, which still needs Senate approval.

The legislation, known as the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, is based on the recommendations of a state commission that worked for three years on the proposal.

 

“The commission went through a three-year process of identifying evidence-based policies that will help close achievement gaps and make sure every kid in every zip code has access to a great education,” said Del. Eric Luedtke, a Montgomery County Democrat and former teacher. “Passing this bill will be key not just for our kids, but for the economic future of this state.”

The plan focuses on five policy areas. They include expanding early childhood education like pre-K and increasing teacher salaries. College and career readiness, aid for struggling schools and accountability in implementation also are among the main policy areas. The measure still needs Senate approval.

The proposal would be phased in over a 10-year period. It would cost an additional $4 billion in fiscal year 2030, with a majority of the cost paid by the state while local governments also contribute.

The bill has been a top priority of the Maryland General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats.

3 Responses to “House approves key education bill”

  1. March 07, 2020 at 3:34 pm, Frederick Mckenzie said:

    Maryland politician’s sticking it to we taxpayers again. We taxpayers would be better off if our calendars did away with January thru March

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    • March 07, 2020 at 3:38 pm, BM said:

      > Yes indeed, Democrats never saw a tax they didn’t like.

      Reply

  2. March 07, 2020 at 9:57 pm, jim said:

    Teachers are worthless…children watching YouTube on their devices have more employable skills than the majority of public school teachers.

    Reply

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